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Take Back the Metro, fighting back against sexual harassment

media Take Back the Metro's first campaign in Paris, distributing information in the subway. Crédit: Margaux Pastor

Denouncing sexual agression on public transportation, Take Back the Metro launched their campaign in Paris yesterday, joining in the fight against gender-based violence.

Osez le Féminisme (Dare Feminism) launched a campaign on Friday in defence of women’s rights on public transport in Paris.

Anne-Cécile Mailfert, spokesperson for Osez le Féminisme 02/11/2014 - by Fabien Jannic-Cherbonnel Listen

Referencing the American campaign Take Back the Night, a project to end sexual violence in all forms, the French feminist organisation launched with a demonstration in the metros of Paris.

RFI spoke with Anne-Cécile Mailfert, a spokesperson for Osez le Féminisme, who said it is difficult to be a woman on the Paris subways.

"When you are a woman on the subway in Paris, you are often the victim of different types of sexual aggression [...] We have done a study in the metro this summer in Paris, and the study showed that three out of four women were adapting their behaviour or their clothes and their way of dressing when they were going to take the metro."

The group asks that the RATP, the French public transportation operator, will join in the fight against gender-based violence.

 

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