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Gender-inclusive Urban Transport: Issues and Initiatives

Gender-inclusive Urban Transport: Issues and Initiatives

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Jeff Turner
Regional Seminar: Gender, Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation Vientiane, November 2011
Jeff Turner
Regional Seminar: Gender, Urban Development, Water Supply and Sanitation Vientiane, November 2011

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Gender-inclusive Urban Transport:Issues and Initiatives
Jeff TurnerVisiting Lecturer, University of Leeds, UK &Independent Consultant jeffreymturner@hotmail.com
Prepared for Regional SeminarGender, Urban Development andWater Supply and Sanitation14-16 November 2011, Vientiane, Lao PDR
The views expressed in this paper are the views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the AsianDevelopment Bank (ADB), or its Board of Governors, or the governments they represent. ADB does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this paper and accepts no responsibility for any consequence of their use. The countries listed in this paper donot imply any view on ADB's part as to sovereignty or independent status or necessarily conform to ADB's terminology.
Why a focus on gender and urban transport?
What we know about the gender differences in urbantransport?
What approach can we take to gender-balanced urbantransport planning and investment decision-making?
What tools and practical measures are there for thedesign of transport infrastructure?
What tools and practical measures are there foroperation of transport services?
How can we change the gender profile of who isemployed in the transport sector?
Why gender and urban transport?
Globally, women travel shorter distances, by slower modes (publictransport or walking), for different purposes to different places, often withchildren or other people, combining a set of activities within one journey(known as trip chaining) whereas men are more likely to travelunaccompanied on a single purpose trip.
Women also perceived greater degree of risk whilst travelling and are alsovictim to considerable degree of sexual harassment
The management and performance of urban transport system placesdifferent burdens on men and women with the costs of poor publictransport system performance being often borne by women turning downemployment opportunities further away in favour of lower-paid localopportunities to manage their household and productive activities withinthe time available.
Improvements to urban transport affect men and women differently andnot always positively -for example, a focus on improving major transportcorridors into a city centre, may favour men at the expense of women asmore men may travel to city centre employment and more women maywork locally or in peripheral locations.

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