‘I’ve been followed, attacked, spat on': women on feeling scared to walk alone
Our piece examining why women walk less than men led readers around the world to share the experiences that made them think twice about walking where they live and work
A Stanford University study of smartphone data has showed that in almost every country in the world, women walk disproportionately fewer steps each day than men. Intrigued by the findings, Talia Shadwell spoke to women about their walking habits. In those conversations, one issue arose again and again: personal safety. Women felt they could not walk as much as they would freely choose to because of concerns that they would be harassed or worse by men.
In response to Talia’s piece, women from around the world contacted the Guardian to share their stories: the experiences that led them to think twice about walking alone in the neighbourhoods where they live and work.
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Source: Guardian Transport
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