Yes, Antanas Mockus (mayor 1995-1998 and 2001-2004) was the one who
implemented the "no-men's day", which was a Thursday in March where men
weren't allowed to go on the streets... actually, the only enforcement was
that, if a man wanted to go out that night, you should sign a paper "giving
yourself permission" to go out.
The interesting thing about that day was that crime rates and violence
dropped impressively, also deaths. The following Thursday, it was "no
women's day", and men were the ones who were supposed to go out on their
own. The funny thing was that men wouldn't go out on their own, and this day
was a typical Thursday. It makes you think a lot. There must be some stats
buried somewhere, but I'm not in Bogotá right now to dig them up.
I'm thinking now why I'm answering this in a carfree list, but I sure
enjoyed the day (I actually knew my wife on one of these no-men days, but in
Carlos F. Pardo
En nombre de Andie Miller
Enviado el: Martes, 02 de Mayo de 2006 05:23 p.m.
Para: Carfree Cities
Asunto: [carfree_cities] A question re Colombia
Not quite a carfree question, but thought someone here might know ...
Perhaps I am confusing it with Carfree Day, but I seem to remember reading
something to the effect of, in Bogata, on one day a year, only women are
allowed on the streets. Am I hallucinating? Anyone know anything about this?
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