South Korea’s Seoul Metropolitan Government has spent $100m on female-only parking spaces to improve parking experiences for women.

Dubbed as ‘she-spots’, the new parking spaces are 8in wider than regular spots and are outlined in pink. In addition to being better-lit and monitored by CCTV, the spaces are also closer to exits, lifts and emergency bells to promote public safety.

"The move is part of a $700m initiative, which aims to make Seoul more female-friendly over the next four years."

The government’s women and family affairs assistant mayor Cho Eun-hee told the Korea Times: "As more women engage themselves in social life, their desire to improve the quality of life and demand for public support is increasing."

The publication reported that the move is part of a $700m initiative called ‘Women-Friendly Seoul’, which aims to make the city more female-friendly over the next four years.

Other projects include more female public toilets and resurfacing cracked pavements to make them ‘high heel-friendly’.

South Korea is the latest country offering car parks reserved for women, joining Germany, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, Austria and Kuwait.

In 2012, male and female-designated car spots were introduced in Triberg, Germany, with the latter being better-lit and wider than male car parking spots, which could be only reversed into.