Gender-focused initiatives in the transportation sector in the state of Jalisco took off in the year 2010, specifically through a pilot plan to implement women-only units in public transport, an initiative that is no longer operational. However, starting in 2015, new initiatives gained momentum thanks to the leadership of the Institute for Women in Jalisco (Instituto Jalisciense de las Mujeres, IJM) and the Department of Mobility (Secretaría de Movilidad, SEMOV).
The IJM launched the Programa de difusión y prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres en el transporte público urbano de Jalisco (Program for the Dissemination of Information and Prevention of Violence against Women in Urban Public Transport in Jalisco), based on the Diagnóstico para la difusión y prevención de violencia contra las mujeres en el transporte público urbano en Jalisco (Analysis for the Dissemination of Information and Prevention of Violence against Women in Urban Public Transport in Jalisco) prepared in 2015 in collaboration with stakeholders, the academia and several government entities (State Prosecutor-General, Department of Education, Secretary General of Government, IJM, among others), a study that evidenced the critical situation of violence against women in public spaces and public transport. This program defines a series of goals which are then transformed into concrete actions by various public agencies. It is worth mentioning that, in 2017, the first international forum of the Safe Cities for girls and women initiative took place in Jalisco, paving the way to the collaborative work between the State Government and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), which sets out the State System of Care for 2018. This plan will be structured through the premise defined in sustainable development goals and principles of international organizations, based on the need to transform cities into resilient, creative and safe spaces, which include mobility as a main and cross-disciplinary line of action.
At the same time, SEMOV has also implemented a series of activities in order to increase female participation within the sector, as safety agents and drivers. These activities have been worked on with the collaboration of IJM.