South Korea introduces larger 'women-friendly' parking spaces in Seoul

The larger spots are painted with pink and feature a skirt logo.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM

SEOUL, May 27 (UPI) -- As part of a nearly $700 million initiative to make Seoul more attractive to women, the city has introduced larger "women-friendly" parking spaces that are painted with pink and feature a skirt logo.

The "Women Friendly Seoul'' project is hoping to make the city more female-friendly over the next four years by also equipping parking areas with brighter lights and more CCTVs.

"As more women engage themselves in social life, their desire to improve the quality of life and demand for public support is increasing,'' Assistant Mayor for Women and Family Affairs Cho Eun-hee told the Korea Times. "It is like adding a female touch to a universal design and make things more comfortable for women."

The project will also be adding more female toilets in Seoul and "women-friendly" roads that "will reduce cracks so that high-heels will not get stuck."

"The needs of women can vary according to one's age or marital status. We try to meet the needs of each group,'' Eun-hee said.

South Korea is not the only country to implement women-only parking, as countries like China, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia, Austria, Italy and Germany have already adopted similar programs, Motoring.com.au reported.

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