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The Deeply Troubling Reason Women In Mexico City Are Riding Separate Subway Cars

But not everyone is on board with these women-only train carriages.

Mexico City's subway is so unsafe for women, the metro system has designated train carriages that can only be used by women and children under the age of 12. 

The separate subway cars are meant to prevent women from being harassed or assaulted in the often crowded, co-ed subway trains. The controversial measure only occurs during peak hours and is the subject of an Al Jeezera Plus video which was posted Monday.

"They should have them every day at every hour because assaults don't have a schedule," Jimena Soria of Gire Feminist Group told Al Jazeera in the video.

Mexico City first began implementing its women-only subway train carriages in 2000 and started circulating women-only pink buses in 2008. But the Mexican capital is hardly alone, cities in Japan, Brazil, Iran and India have also implemented similar practices over the years. 

But feminist artist Lizeth Gamboa thinks the separation of men and women during a commute actually makes issues of public harassment and assault worse. 

"This segregation of public space in a sense normalizes violence," Gamboa says in the video. "[The system] assumes that men are beings who can't control their sexual impulses and that they're programmed to attack."

Watch the full Al Jazeera Plus video above.

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