BALTIMORE (WJZ) — New seats in Mexico City’s Metro system are raising eyebrows. They are anatomically male, molded with a protruding chest and genitals, and are meant to raise awareness about sexual harassment on public transportation.
In Mexico City, nine in ten women have experienced violence while using public transportation, according to UN Women, a branch of the United Nations focused on gender equality and women’s issues.
Trains there have had designated women-only cars for several years, and men who ride in them can be penalized.
UN Women has been working with the Mexico City Council for a few years on the “Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls” program. The seat is not a permanent fixture, but part of the partnership’s resulting campaign, #NoEsDeHombres.
A video shows some passengers reacting negatively to the seat, and some avoiding it altogether.
“It’s unpleasant sitting here, but it’s nothing compared to the sexual abuse women experience on their commute every day,” reads a sign on the floor below the seat.
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