WHAT IT IS
- The UK is considering women-only train carriages.
- The decision to segregate the two sexes comes from consistently rising rates of sexual assault on this form of public transportation.
- Cities in India, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, and Iran already use these trains on a daily basis.
WHY IT MATTERS
The UK’s action on sexual assault could be a model for Western countries to follow.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party MP in the UK, is responsible for the proposal and has expressed a desire to solely work with women on the issue.
- Along with this proposal, Corbyn has been vocal about addressing sexual assault on the streets, from passing vehicles, and in the workplace.
- The majority of the women-only trains operate only during peak transportation hours.
- There’s still a lot of criticism of the proposal in the UK.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
- Are these trains only reducing instances of sexual assault during peak travel time?
- Will these trains be mandatory at some point?
- Will cities come to rely on solely this tactic to prevent sexual assault in public transport?