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Women feel safer on single-sex transport: survey of 15 cities

But gender experts not in favour of such a move, saying it's a short-term fix

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TRAINS, buses and taxis for women only are on the rise in cities globally with a Reuters survey finding women feel safer on single-sex transport. But gender experts dismiss this as a band-aid solution that could backfire for women.

A poll of nearly 6,300 women in 15 of the world's largest capitals and in New York, the most populous city in the United States, found about 70 per cent of women said they would feel safer in single-sex areas on buses and trains.

Manila in the Philippines was the city where women were most in favour of single-sex transport, backed by more than nine in 10 women, or 94 per cent, followed by Jakarta in Indonesia, Mexico City and Delhi in India.

By contrast women in...

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