Last updateWed, 19 Jun 2019 1pm

UN study highlights women’s fears

According to a new study, almost half the women who frequent the downtown historic center of Guadalajara are fearful of being sexually harassed.

In addition, 80 percent of women say they prefer to be accompanied when walking in the city center.

The study was carried out by Guadalajara city hall in conjunction with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

UN Women representative Belén Sanz said 90 percent of women who suffer sexual harassment in Guadalajara fail to file a complaint.  The main reasons women did not take legal action, the study showed, were being unaware they had the right to file a complaint (23 percent), not trusting police (17 percent) and giving the matter scant importance (17 percent).

The results will be used by Guadalajara city hall in the development of new protocols.

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