Women’s Rights News in Brief – April 6th, 2017

Women's Rights News in Brief

Penis seat installed on a Mexico City subway to fight sexual harassment

A campaign resulting from a collaboration between the U.N. and the Mexico City government featured a “men only” seat that was in the shape of a man’s torso, including a moulded penis that protruded from the seat.

The seat was installed on the city’s Number 7 train line and included a sign on the floor that read, “It is annoying to travel this way, but not compared to the sexual violence women suffer in their daily commutes.” An ad campaign has become available on YouTube documenting commuters’ reaction to the seat.

According to U.N. Women, 90% of women who use public transportation in Mexico City have faced some form of sexual harassment or abuse. Furthermore, a 2014 YouGov Poll of women interviewed in 16 of the world’s largest capitals revealed that Mexico City’s public transportation system was the second-most dangerous for women. The U.N. and the Mexico City government hoped to raise awareness of sexual harassment on public transit through this penis seat campaign.

April 4th – Equal Pay Day

April 4th marked Equal Pay Day, representing how far the gender pay gap battle has come in the past year, specifically addressing how much women earn on average per year in comparison to men. Equal Pay Day was

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spearheaded by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996 to shed light on the gap existing between men’s and women’s wages.

In general cases, women are still paid a mere 80 cents for every dollar a man receives. Moreover, “on average, women employed full-time in the United States lose a combined total of more than $840 billion every year” due to the wage gap.

Not only does the wage gap undervalue women’s labour but it also affects other aspects of women’s identity including race, pregnancy/abortion and transgender women. Many support that closing the wage gap would help improve the quality of life for women and families.


Guilty Clothes

Image source: Guilty Clothes

Guilty Clothes is a project dedicated to informing societies and communities that the “clothes nor the girl wearing them should be condemned for being raped, and to help victims overcome their fears and feel able to contact rape centres.”

The website exhibits real stories about real girls and women and how they were dressed when they were raped. Guilty Clothes urges its viewers to read the girl’s story, take a look at the clothing  and ask themselves, “Are they guilty?”

The webpage opens with a selection of statistics informing the public of the devastating attitudes surrounding rape culture like how “More than a quarter of Britons believe that a woman is at least partly responsible for being raped, due to her behaviour or what she is wearing” and the fears regarding reporting sexual violence to the police, with “only around 15%” of those experiencing abuse and assault reporting their experience.


To report sexual assault, call The Survivor’s Trust: 0808 801 0818

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Dominic is a Greek/American writer & editor; English and Theatre Studies Graduate

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