Women do not fit in the pink wagon: Both inside and stops are very crowded, especially at times that correspond to work and exit. You cannot get on the vehicle from the stops, and those who do not can not get off. Even breathing inside is a separate effort, so clogged that it feels like it will explode soon. This time, it is not the metrobus of Istanbul. The torments and story taken are the same, but the geography is different. Brazil's Sao Paulo metro line is at stake.
E and the approach of the management to the problems are so familiar to our country. Because the Sao Paulo Legislative Council approved the bill this July, which suggests the implementation of separate wagons for women in the subway and trains. In August, the bill will be presented to the governor of Sao Paulo. If the governor does not veto the bill, the pink wagon application called “vagao rosa” will start in Sao Paulo after a 90-day preparation phase. The rationale for the pink wagon application is to protect women from the harassment of men! Indeed, in the subway line, which has a density above its capacity, harassment figures are extremely high even as reflected in the statistics. Only the number of men arrested for harassment this year; thirty three.
MORE WRONGLY FALSE?
Sao Paulo is the most important state in Brazil, with a population of nearly 15 million, a life, business and trade center. According to official data from last year, 53 percent of the population of Sao Paulo is women, while 58 percent of these women use public transport regularly. The pink wagon application claims that the majority of the population (!) Will be protected by separating women who are victims of harassment and violence in public transport.
In fact, exposing women to discriminatory practices under the name of “protection”, isolating the harasser, not the harasser, and insisting on producing such policies also show how strong the patriarchal management approach and culture is in this geography. Because this pink wagon application is not a new application for either Sao Paulo or some cities of Brazil. Moreover, although its failure has been confirmed many times in every application, it is this practice that isolates the victim who comes to mind first in the solution against harassment! For example, the pink wagon application was applied on trains in some parts of Sao Paulo between 1995-97. Later, the Metropolitan Trains Company (CPTM) ended this practice in line with the increasing complaints of this practice and Article 5 of the Brazilian Constitution (the Brazilian state ensures and guarantees equality among all its citizens). Separate pink wagons have been applied to women since 2006 in Rio de Janeiro on weekdays, in the morning and evening hours when business traffic is heavy. However, pink wagons have not changed the harassment data for 7 years. Moreover, due to the excessive density on the metro line, these wagons have turned into a practice that is not used by everyone.
DO YOU PLEASE MORE THAN ONE TIME?
In fact, the pink wagon proposal means accepting the existence of harassment in terms of management power. But does it not be for the victim to separate the victim from harassment, to restrict the use of public spaces and freedom of travel? This type of policy that separates society, that is to isolate women and try to eliminate harassment is basically a matter of going around the issue. Male dominated power, who does not want to dispose of the financial resources, prefers the short path when the harassment will have to spend to prevent its existence. The more metro, the train, the private bus route, the more number of voyages, the increase of alternative and public transport routes, the provision of a human and the provision of the right to travel without having to stick to each other, and of course more costly. In this way, the solutions suitable for the masculine point of view which produces effortless, low cost and harassment like the pink wagon application are the savior of the male-dominated power in the so-called politics against harassment all over the world. Consequently, on the one hand, there are familiar policies that reinforce and reinforce the harassment and the secondary positions of women in society.
WOMEN IN THE STREET FOR REALISTIC SOLUTION
Here in Sao Paulo, women's organizations and unions are fighting against the pink wagon application, which will reinforce the culture of harassment. They take action against the pink wagon, which has been brought to the legislative assembly without their opinions and suggestions, which has been tried and proven to be repeated, although they have been proven to be unsuccessful, distributing leaflets in front of the metro, organizing campaigns through social media. Women want more realistic solutions for men to respect women's spaces in public transport, without giving up the use of public spaces. In fact, women who are killed 15 women a day, 1.5 women a day and raped 500 thousand women a year are more than right to demand and insist on realistic solutions. Because these women know that defending and fighting equality and rights to women in all areas of life, economic, social and political, against policies that make women more vulnerable to harassment on the street, at home, at work, on the metro or on the train is also the most basic way to stop harassment.
HARMONIZATION, NOT EQUALITY
Sonia Auxiliadora (CUT-Sao Paulo Women's Secretary): Pink wagon application is an application that will punish women instead of harassment and violence. We consider this project an unfortunate project that will make women more unhappy. Because it means separating women in public transport; to strengthen the sexist mentality that triggers sexual harassment. The problem of harassment can be achieved not by taking women into separate wagons, but by training and various sanctions that allow men to respect the areas they share with women more. Women, we want assurance to ensure our equality and safety in the use of public transport. Not only in transportation, on the road, on the street, no matter what time we use the street every hour, in every clothes we wear. In some cities pink subway and women were tried on separate buses. However, it was not possible to change the bad conditions in transportation and reduce the harassment with the woman in this way. Realistic solutions and policies are needed. First of all, it is necessary to accept the existence of violence against women with all sincerity and then display it. Instead of discriminatory practices that reinforce sexist culture, there should be an approach that takes the responsibility of an equal and quality public transportation and guarantees its citizens.
WOMEN OUT OF THE PUBLIC AREA!
Flaviana Serafim: The pink wagon is a really terrible suggestion. Because it is an application that separates women against the harassment of men and actually condemns the victim. Therefore, this practice, which once again condemns and punishes women who are already victims of abuse, cannot be expected to be a solution to abuse. This draft bill was approved without the need for any dialogue with the society. We feminists, women in social movements have not even heard that the bill came to the legislative assembly. The representation of women in the assembly of Sao Paulo is very low! Yes, at SP, transportation is full of chaos and subways, trains are always full of people. But somehow there is no space for women who use the subway, train and make up the majority! This law is already enforced in Rio and the capital, Brasilia. In Rio, this practice did not reduce harassment and led to other problems. For example, pink wagons, crowded and crowded, are officially invaded by men! In Brasilia, the so-called pink wagon “prevented” harassment exits the harassment of women. Women are being smashed in the subway exit. In addition, the pink wagon took up to two years in Sao Paulo, but was removed because it had no legal basis. Now what happens if this law is approved by the governor? Are we increasingly going to be excluded from other public places, will we be excluded? For example, I am married and have two daughters. Now I do not want to think of my family, my wife, while traveling in two separate cars. Neither women's safety nor quality transport can be ensured with weak public transport networks and private wagons.
WHAT IF YOU HAVE A BUCKET UNDER THE OPEN MUSLIM?
Carolina Mendonça: I am against the pink wagon application because this practice will not solve the problem of women. We women are only exposed to harassment and violence in public transport! We face face to face violence and harassment on the street, at work, at home. The pink wagon application is for me to put only a bucket under the open tap. However, to really solve the problem, the tap must close. Now I think there will be separate wagons for blacks and gays? Starting to decompose society will deepen problems rather than reduce them. Therefore, the most extreme point of transportation is the pink wagon application is really embarrassing.
DISCOVER THE WOMEN IS NOT DEFENSE
Rosana Sousa: I think the pink wagon application is yet another way to blame women for physical, psychological sexual harassment by women in Brazil and all over the world. The pink wagon is another type of discrimination! It is an application that is said to be made theoretically to protect workers, workers, women, who use public transportation every day, but actually separates women once again. Undoubtedly the way to really prevent abuse; Strong campaigns and actions against harassment are organized. In addition, laws that punish harassers need to be strengthened. I think the question in the pink wagon application should be as follows; Will women who do not use or prefer to use pink wagons be vulnerable and vulnerable to harassment? Segregation leaves women more vulnerable and takes us back.