CDMX Tackles Sexual Harassment By Letting Men Experience It First Hand
Hayley MacMillen - Allure
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April 24, 2017
Mexico's metro was voted the worst for verbal & physical harassment, with 9 out of 10 women experiencing sexual harassment of some type. However, the Mexican government is now fighting back, with new, creative methods. (teleSUR English)
In Mexico City's public transport system, sexual harassment is rampant: A 2014 study of 16 global cities found the city's transport system hosted more verbal and physical harassment than any other city's, while a 2016 national survey found that 90% of women and girls in Mexico who use public transit don't feel safe doing it.
Now, UN Women and the Mexican government are trying to fight the problem with a campaign called #NoEsDeHombres (translated as "this isn't manly") that seeks to make men feel objectified, ostensibly so that they suddenly understand what it's like to be harassed and never to do it to another woman again. One of the campaign's stunts: installing cameras in subway stations that zoom in on men's butts and display them in real time on public screens in the stations, as this video from Mic shows.
"In order to generate change, you need to create empathy," Yeliz Osman, a program coordinator with the Mexican UN Women office, told the New York Times of the reasoning behind the campaign. "The idea is that men can get a sense of what it is all like. By creating empathy, we hope that this might change their behavior."
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