Women-only Car

Women-only car in Jakarta
Shot at Gambir station in Jakarta, Indonesia Tetsu Ozawa

The commuter train coming into Gambir station was equipped with women-only cars

Gambir Station in Jakarta is supposed to be a long-distance train station, but not all the trains that come here are long-distance trains. There were also a few ordinary commuter trains coming into the platform. Every time a train came in, I got excited thinking that it was an express train that I was going to board, but I was often disappointed to find out that it was just a regular commuter train.

The train that came in this time was also an ordinary commuter train. Perhaps because it was not rush hour, the train was not as crowded as it could have been. There were no people standing holding on to the straps, but the train was so crowded that all the seats were occupied. If the train was this empty, commuting would be easy.

Looking closely, I noticed a large pink poster on the outside of the train. It was written in Indonesian, so I couldn't understand exactly what it said, but it seemed that this carriage was for women only. Indeed, looking at the passengers in the car, it was all women. It seems that Jakarta has introduced women-only cars just like in Tokyo.

Looking at this poster, I realized that the image of color is unexpectedly powerful. Even if I don't understand the content of the poster, when I see a pink illustration of a woman, I can't help but think that this is a women-only car. This is because pink is a color associated with women in both Indonesia and Japan. Even in Myanmar, the nuns wore pink kasaya. I wonder if the image of pink being associated with women is the same all over the world.


Where is Gambir station in Jakarta?




Shooting Date

Jan 2020

Posted On

December 22, 2020


Jakarta, Indonesia


Railway Photography





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