Female-only parking spaces in Germany arouse controversy

A German man has attempted to sue a town over "female-only" parking spaces which were installed in a car park after a woman was raped nearby.

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Why this story matters:

Women must ensure they are actively aware of their surroundings, and sometimes find themselves going out of their way to ensure they do not place themselves in unsafe situations.

When a woman was raped in the Bavarian town of Eichstätt, “female only” car parking spaces were created nearby.

These spots provided a well-lit space for women to park their cars and were positioned close to building entrances.

The Federal anti-discrimination court of Germany has ruled the parking spots do not violate equality laws.

Details from the story:

  • A man from the Bavarian town of Eichstätt claimed the spots were discriminatory.
  • The parking spaces are positioned in well-lit areas close to entrances.
  • The spots were created after a woman was raped nearby.
  • Female employees who work in a nearby nursing home often begin early and finish late.
  • Hans Bittl, a legal officer, has said no man would be prosecuted for parking in one of the spots, they are simply a recommendation.
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