SOFIE

This is Sofie!
Yes, that traffic light symbol.

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Sofie was born in the year 2000 in front of the city hall in Amersfoort. An unknown action group had replaced the traditional pedestrian traffic light male figure with a female image sporting a ponytail, that is Sofie.

The traffic supplier/maker Vialis regards Sofie as a symbol of women’s rights. It also seems to improve pedestrian safety!

Initially, Sofie was made exclusively for Amersfoort. But I have seen her in the city centers of Utrecht (at Vredenburg) and Haarlem (crossing of the Grote Houtstraat and the Gedempte Oude Gracht).
She even went on a trip to Canada to decorate the crossing light of Winnipeg and became part of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights exhibits.

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