Updated: May 10, 2018

This is an opinion piece. The views or opinions expressed in this blog are those of the guest blogger and do not necessarily reflect those of C Minds.

Author: Claudia Del Pozo, Projects Manager at C Minds

A couple weeks ago I was asked to be part of a news piece for Telemundo on a new Mexican shared rides platform with a twist: its clients and workforce are 100% female. This business model comes in the midst of a rising number of femicides in the country. In august 2017 there had already been 1077 femicides in Mexico. One of the most mediatized cases this year involves the murder of a young woman in the city of Puebla by a Cabify driver.

During the interview, I was asked the question on everyone’s mind: “how can we make everyday life safer for women?”.

Let us look at the transport industry, which shows alarming figures. 80% of women feel unsafe transiting through Mexico City. To respond to this growing concern, the transport industry has seemed to favor the solution of segregation. The metro and metrobus (the local BRT system) each have dedicated compartments for women, often represented by pink seats. For many women, including myself, those pink seats represent a brief moment of relaxation in our daily routine, a small space where we can drop our guard for a few minutes, before we must get off the moving vehicle and face catcalling and other forms of harassment in the streets.