‘Paying to stay safe’: why women don’t walk as much as men
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A study shows in most countries, women walk significantly fewer steps each day than men. Talia Shadwell hears from people all over the world saying the same thing: its down to personal safety, not laziness
Vivi Restuviani would try to make herself look as invisible as possible when she was out at night in her former hometown of Semarang, Indonesia. If you looked at me from behind, youd probably have thought I was a boy, she says.
One night, Restuviani was taking her regular short walk home, swamped anonymously in an oversized hooded sweater. As she walked along the main drag, she heard a motorbike approach; suddenly its rider was in her face.
He was trying to talk to me but I knew this guy wanted something else, she recalls. You know theres that moment when you are being harassed, and you stop being surprised or shocked and just scream? Well, that isnt what happened. I said nothing and then he started groping me.
Finally, Restuviani managed to pull away and run towards a security guard, while her attacker sped off unchallenged into the night. I was trying so hard to scream, she says. I tried so hard but I couldnt.