Mauritius addresses sexual harassment on public transportation

Last year, Amnesty International sponsored a country-wide anti-street harassment campaign in Mauritius, following the first-ever anti-street harassment report for that country by Alyssa Fine.

Street harassment is widespread in Mauritius, including on public transportation, yet women rarely report it because they feel shamed. Yesterday, the Mauritian Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare Minister, Ms. Sheilabai Bappoo, released a booklet titled “Breaking the Silence on Sexual Harassment in Public Transport,” to encourage women to speak out and for people to help women who are most vulnerable to this violence (such as young or poor women who must take public transportation).

She also is calling on non-governmental organizations, the civil society and community-based organizations to come together and denounce sexual harassment.

I think this is a better way to address the problem than to separate men from women on buses and subway cars (like they do in Indonesia, India, Japan, Brazil, and Mexico).

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