Row over plans to put women on pedestrian crossing signs in Geneva

MIchael Howie

A row has broken out over Geneva’s plans to replace pedestrian crossing signs with ones featuring women.

The silhouette of a man has been replaced with that of a woman on half the city’s 500 signs.

They are intended to boost diversity as well as gender equality with six versions, including a pregnant woman, an older woman, a woman with afro hair and two women holding hands.

But some are unhappy with move, which is costing £44,000.

“The signs are grotesque, useless and costly,” local politician Salika Wenger told Le Temps newspaper.