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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

On the Right Track?

The New York Times reports on Ladies Specials in India -- commuter rail cars reserved for women travelers only. These trains, similar to the ones in other large cities around the world, like Cairo, are in response to the growing number of working women contributing to India's explosive economic growth. As more women participate in morning and evening rush hours, they are being exposed to increasing harassment from fellow male passengers.

But are separate compartments the solution to such a complex problem? This article shows how widespread systemic change is needed to solve the interconnected problem of personal security -- not just in India, but around the world. The article points out that violence against women has increased along with higher rates of participation in the workforce.

Thankfully, women's funds are addressing complex problems like the ones highlighted by the increase in Ladies Special cars in India.

What do you think are some solutions that can be applied in this situation that involve all of society?

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