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Empowering women in mobility and transportation


In June 2019, our friends at GWNET published a poster summarizing five principles for women in transportation. Women face issues of inclusion, safety and accessibility when it comes to transportation, according to Sandra Retzer, GWNET Board Member and Director of Development Policy Forum.

Due to differences in needs and typical activities, women have different travel patterns than men and make more frequent, shorter trips. They also tend to use public transport more than men, which means their transportation expenditures can be higher. 

Finally, women are more exposed to physical safety risks when it comes to their mobility. Sandra draws from an ADB policy paper in 2015 which shows that in some cities more than 70 per cent of women have experienced sexual harassment while taking public transport. This may lead women to avoid public transport, curbing their professional/social/leisure activities and limit their quality of life. 

Ride-sharing services and private car ownership are not a sustainable solution. Rather, integrating gender-positive approaches into urban design is needed to create an inclusive society for men and women.

The poster was produced by GIZ and Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative, on behalf of the Women Mobilize Women campaign.

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