ALARMING findings related to womenâ€™s safety have come to light with the release of a Thomson Reuters Foundation survey that looks at harassment on public transportation systems in the worldâ€™s largest cities.
According to the new report, six in 10 women in major Latin American cities report theyâ€™ve been physically harassed while using transport systems, with Bogota, Colombia, found to have the most unsafe public transportation, followed by Mexico City and Lima, Peru.
At the other end of the safety spectrum, New York was rated as the best of the 16 cities studied followed by Tokyo, the worldâ€™s largest capital with 38 million people, then Beijing and London.
The poll was conducted in 15 of the worldâ€™s largest capitals, as well as New York, the most populous city in the United States, in collaboration with UK polling company YouGov.
Here are the results, from ranked from worst to best:
1. Bogota, Colombia
2. Mexico City
3. Lima, Peru
4. New Delhi
5. Jakarta, Indonesia
6. Buenos Aires
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. Manila, Philippines
In total, 6,555 women and experts were surveyed.
Results are based on the respondentsâ€™ answers as well as surveys of experts in womenâ€™s rights, gender equality, urban planning and gender-friendly urban spaces in each of the cities.
The Thomson Reuters Foundation said polling could not be conducted in five other large capitals â€” Cairo, Dhaka (Bangladesh), Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tehran and Baghdad â€” due to conflict or an inability by polling company YouGov to guarantee the necessary online sample of women.MYNEWSHUB/news.co.au