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World's worst public transport cities for women

Updated 12:56 AM ET, Sat July 29, 2017
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Kuala Lumpur, Malyasia, is one of several cities now offering women-only sections on public transportation. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Despite calling out Buenos Aires for having the world's sixth-worst public transport system for women, the poll found that almost five out of every 10 women in the city were confident that fellow passengers would assist them if they needed help. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey in 16 major cities found Bogota, Colombia, has the world's worst public transport for women's safety, with women polled saying they're scared to travel after dark. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
According to the survey, more than 60% of women in Mexico City report having experienced some type of physical harassment while using public transport. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Similar to Bogota and Mexico City, women polled in Lima, Peru, reportedly experience regular threats on public transport such as groping and sexual assault, and say not enough is being done to ensure their safety. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Despite the presence of women-only train carriages, women on New Delhi transport feel unsafe because of a lack of respect, says the report. It's one of the world's most dangerous cities for women to travel alone at night on transit. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Women surveyed in Jakarta, Indonesia, were the second-most supportive of implementing women-only carriages on trains to prevent harassment. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Women in Bangkok said they weren't confident fellow passengers would intervene and assist if they were physically or verbally attacked. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
The report ranked Moscow as having the worst public transport for women in Europe. Women there lack confidence that authorities will investigate reports of abuse. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Women in Manila, Philippines, are the most in favor of single-sex cars on public transport, with more than 90% of those polled offering their support. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
According to the report, 85% of Paris women doubt fellow public transportation users would come to their rescue if they were in trouble. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Despite ranking as the fifth-safest city in the survey, women in Seoul reported low confidence that other passengers would assist a female in trouble. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
London women see little need for women-only carriages in the London Underground, with 10% saying they'd been harassed. That said, London women polled say they aren't confident someone would intervene if they were in trouble. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Beijing has the world's third-safest transportation system for women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Tokyo ranks second in safety, in part due to measures implemented to combat widespread groping of women in often overcrowded buses and trains. The city was one of the first in the world to introduce women-only trains. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation
Three out of 10 women surveyed in New York -- found to have the world's safest transport system of the cities included in the report -- said they'd suffered verbal or physical harassment while using the city's subway system and buses. New York transit is equipped with a growing network of CCTV cameras. Courtesy Thomson Reuters Foundation