Hu Yin­bin


ChinAfrica - - Pros & Cons -

Re­spect­ing women and car­ing for vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple in­clud­ing fe­males, se­niors and chil­dren has been a widely-adopted in­ter­na­tional prac­tice. Isn’t it a com­mon phe­nom­e­non that women are un­able to board the sub­way or are ha­rassed by grop­ers when the car­riages are packed like sar­dines? I don’t think there is any­thing wrong with the trans­porta­tion sys­tem of­fer­ing cer­tain lim­ited priv­i­leges to women. Car­ing and re­spect­ing women are not empty talks, but re­quires con­crete deeds.

Civ­i­liza­tion, virtues, even the qual­ity of pub­lic life in a so­ci­ety can be seen through fa­cil­i­ties for vul­ner­a­ble groups, like nurs­eries and women-only se­cu­rity check cor­ri­dors. In terms of crowded subways, it may be im­pos­si­ble to take good care of ev­ery woman, but at least the trans­porta­tion sys­tem can of­fer cer­tain con­ve­niences like an ex­clu­sive car­riage.

Such a move will bring no ad­verse ef­fects. Con­sid­er­ing the cur­rent in­sti­tu­tion, tech­nol­ogy and con­di­tions, it is not a hard job to of­fer some womenonly car­riages on sub­way lines. Even if there are ex­penses, the pub­lic ser­vice providers should as­sume th­ese. When ex­am­in­ing whether a so­ci­ety is ad­vanced or civ­i­lized, we should look at its ca­pa­bil­ity and will­ing­ness to at­tend to spe­cial needs of vul­ner­a­ble groups.

I think it is a strange logic to re­gard of­fer­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment as a kind of dis­crim­i­na­tion. Ac­tu­ally, the more such “dis­crim­i­na­tion,” the more civ­i­lized a so­ci­ety is. In terms of the priv­i­leges women en­joy, there are too few rather than too many. Tak­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment pre­ven­tion as an ex­am­ple, laws were in­tro­duced to pro­hibit the of­fence in 2005, but they didn’t de­fine sex­ual ha­rass­ment from a le­gal as­pect, thus lead­ing to dif­fi­cul­ties in pun­ish­ing of­fend­ers.

It is an ar­du­ous and longterm task to pro­tect and re­spect women. Set­ting up women-only car­riages will fa­cil­i­tate the group to ride subways and cre­ate an at­mos­phere of re­spect­ing fe­males, ad­vanc­ing the so­ci­ety to progress day by day in the long run.

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