10. Manila, Philippines
Manila’s main transportation options are rail services, buses and jeepney (shared taxis). Women in Manila faced more harassment than those in Russia but they showed a greater trust in strangers and even in the authorities when it came to help. As with others on this list, nighttime was considered unsafe for female commuters.
9. Moscow, Russia
While the Moscow Metro can boast of having one of the deepest subway stations (Park Pobedy station, at 276 feet underground) and the longest escalators in Europe, its bus station are far apart from each other. Though women in Russia reportedly faced less harassment and felt relatively safer than others on this list, lack of trust in strangers and in the police was high.
8. Bangkok, Thailand
Though this remains a very popular tourist destination, Bangkok has also seen a big rise in crimes against women. Shockingly, in 2013, police threatened to arrest a 20-year-old tourist who was gang raped when no other witnesses came forward. The availability of drugs and alcohol are seen as the major reason for the rise in the crime rate against women.
7. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The capital of Malaysia is unlike other Asian cities because it has a very well connected system of roads as most of the commuting is done by cars. Despite having public transport like rail and bus, most people prefer to use their own cars, which means that public transport is used by as low as 16% of the population. This makes public transport very unsafe at night.
6. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is another popular tourist destination. Unlike some of the other entries on this list, Buenos Aires has a subway system instead of just buses or taxis. Yet, women reported being harassed a lot, especially verbally; additionally, there is a lack of faith in the police force, which makes the matter worse for female commuters.
5. Jakarta, Indonesia
The capital city of Indonesia has a major lack of urban public transport services due to prioritized development of road networks, which were mostly intended to accommodate private vehicles. Most of the people walk, cycle or opt for on-demand private-owned transport. Women face harassment on the roads and strangers are often not helpful in such situations.
4. New Delhi, India
Not only is cat-calling and physical grabbing very common in India, the rise of crimes against women by 7.1% since 2010 is a source of worry for women. The rise of brutal gang rapes and even chilling incidents of rapists video-recording the rape makes India unsafe for women. Tourists or locals, transport systems are very dangerous places for women in India.
3. Lima, Peru
Peru is also a tourist attraction and its capital, Lima is a bustling town, which is also unsafe for local and foreign women. Commuting is a huge problem in Lima because most of the public transport is privately owned and zips around in a massive rush. Women reported being harassed in public transport very often and rated their safety as very low.
2. Mexico City, Mexico
Tourism is a big part of Mexico’s economy and its officials try very hard to keep at least the more well-known tourist destinations safe, yet Mexico is unsafe for travellers, especially women. There are often reports of gun violence or violent crimes. Women are especially unsafe on ‘micros’ (Mexican public transport) where violent rapes have taken place.
1. Bogota, Columbia
While Columbia has made great strides to recover from its troubled past, unfortunately, women are just not that safe there. One of the main reasons for this is that in capital Bogota, there is no network of trains; rather there are buses, which are regarded as the most unsafe public transport. To top it off, the police in Columbia are also corrupt and rarely are sexual predators brought to justice.
* These stats were reported in a poll taken by YouGov for the Thomson Reuters Foundation