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The day a stranger approached my friend at a traffic light: How safe are S'pore’s public spaces for women?

Beyond enforcement and monitoring, vigilant bystanders can make a difference.

People wait to cross a traffic light along Upper Serangoon Road on May 19, 2020.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

I watched in dismay as airport security tossed my tiny canister of pepper spray into the trash.

Although I had never needed to use it, the spray had been a valuable ally throughout my college exchange semester in Europe, when I dozed fitfully on night buses and in hostel dormitories. But as I approached the departure gate at Munich airport, there was a sense of relief too. Heading home to Singapore, I was positive I would not need pepper spray in our relatively safer streets.

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