Metro company gets tough on sexual intimidation

The Brussels local transport company MIVB is stepping up efforts to combat sexual intimidation.  A new campaign is being launched on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October.

The MIVB is working together with Plan International.  During forthcoming months representatives of the transport company will meet up with young activists in the 15 to 20 age bracket.  Together they hope to come up with ideas for new campaigns and measures to combat sexual intimidation on the metro, on buses and trams.

It's above all girls that are confronted with this phenomenon: sexual intimidation often goes hand in hand with violence.  The MIVB says that girls' views will be crucial to tackling his problem.

MIVB CEO Brieuc de Meeûs adds sexual intimidation is a phenomenon that transcends the network's powers and its limits: "We make calls on law enforcers, but we have everything to gain from expertise in the sector."

You may know Plan International for its work in vulnerable regions worldwide.  It's also very active in Brussels.  Since the beginning of the year 14 Brussels youth activists have been working on a project about gender equality and sexual intimidation: 'BruxELLES'.