Women-only buses in Guatemala City

Something is very wrong if the public transport system looks like the first picture at the bottom, right?

Since last week Transurbano, a new transport system that is currently being implemented in the city has new buses exclusively for the use of women.  They are being enabled during rush hour, early in the mornings and late afternoons.

Sexual harassment and the disadvantage of overloading the transport units are for women, the worst scenario. Abuses in the public transport are real, no doubt about that. And yet, we have people who deny it or that complains, believe it or not. The real problem still exists.

The degradation of society is before our eyes. The man is still incapable of respecting a women.

Do you know any other country in which public transportation is enabled for women only?


Algo está muy mal si el sistema de transporte público luce como en la primera fotografía en la parte inferior… ¿cierto?

Desde la semana anterior el transurbano,  un nuevo sistema de transporte que se está implementando en la ciudad cuenta con unidades específicas para el uso de la mujer.   Las unidades están habilitadas en horas pico, muy temprano por la mañana y al final de la tarde.

El acoso sexual y la desventaja que supone sobrecargar las unidades de transporte, es el peor escenario para las mujeres. Los abusos en el deficiente sistema de transporte son reales, no hay duda sobre eso. Aún así, hay gente sorprendida o haciendo comentarios en contra de la medida anterior. Es cierto que el problema real, sigue existiendo.

La degradación de la sociedad está ante nuestros ojos. El hombre aún es incapaz de respetar a una mujer.

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  • I believe India (saw it on sitcom, though) and China implement women only public transportation… but I cannot confirm the information. Maybe it is time to ask Google.

  • neavilag

    I was in South Korea in 1992. and there where Women-Only buses or special transportation a bit more expensive but with better buses and Air-Conditioner, it was hot summer.

  • Ale

    Did México DF has a similar system?. I see the need, usually the people who complains are the ones whom no even use the public services. Ask any mother, sister, girlfriend, cousin or female friend from any social status in Guate, how many times they’ve been harassed or even abused on the streets? And you will understand solutions like this.

    • Ale, thanks for the comment.  I knew that Mexico had women-only taxis.  I agree with your observation, it was definitely needed. You talk about solutions, I think that has not yet arrived and is just what Natalia mentions in her comments below. Still it’s great and I hope that as the new transport system is implemented, they can expand the service to all areas of the city.

  • I’m grateful for that! Being a woman and living in Guatemala is a daily struggle with the “macho culture”, sexual harassment and genre discrimination, so I believe this is a great strategy for immediate woman safety… but it will only change if we implement a proper education in children filled with moral values and opportunities. 

    • ¡Natalia! Gracias por el valioso comentario.  Es cierto que no es una solución pero ha sido una gran medida para proporcionar seguridad.  También es clave ver el problema desde el inicio y no sólo atender la consecuencia.  Es evidente que el gran vacio está en la educación.


  • Begonia

    Sexual harrassment on public transportation is common in big cities in the US, too.  A survey of women transit riders in New York City revealed that over 60% of women reported being sexually harassed. 

    New York, Boston, and Chicago have dealt with this by launching advertising campaigns and setting up hotlines where women can call if they are being harassed or have someone to report.

    But this is the best way I have seen to deal with this problem:  Take a picture of the guy with a cell phone and then report him to the police!  http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/2010/10/quick-thinking-teen-helps-nab-a-subway-masturbator/

    • Thank you very much for the comment and the reference, a great use of technology to solve real problems.

  • Mexico for one