Social Issues and Participation

Gender and Urban Transport

Urban transport is often seen as gender neutral – a road or bus system benefits all equally. In fact, it ́s not! Women and men have different pre-conditions, needs and restrictions for using transport. When this is not taken into consideration, planning and projects will not adequately meet the demand and transport is inefficient and unsustainable.
There is a major component of gender equality in transport in the New Urban Agenda that needs to be implemented.

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Women and transport in Indian cities

The national government has initiated missions and schemes to invest in urban transport and infrastructure; and created indicators and service level benchmarks to establish a city’s baseline and goal for improvement. While there is momentum by different levels of government in addressing women’s safety in public transport, urban transport investments are largely gender blind with a limited understanding of the interrelationships between gender and transport inequities. Sustainable urban development will remain elusive without integrating women and girls’ safety, comfort, convenience and affordability in urban transport.

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Accessible urban mobility

Accessible mobility is a core issue for future urban development. To keep everybody- in particular mobility or sensory impaired people- included in all aspects of societal life, an entirely accessible mobility is an imperative.

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Manual on Social Accountability for Civil Society Organizations and Municipalities in Palestine

On behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is currently implementing the third phase of the Palestinian-German Local Governance and Civil Society Development Programme (LGP) which has an overall objective of improving municipal services and enhancing the level of responsiveness towards citzens, while supporting national institutions to set appropriate framework conditons for local governance.

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Approaches for gender responsive urban mobility

Transport is often seen as gender neutral – a road or bus system will benefit all equally. In fact, it´s not! Women and men have different expectations, needs and constraints for using transportation systems.
« Approaches for Gender Responsive Urban Transport » discusses how we should deal with gender issues in transport policy and planning. It summarizes not only the current situation women very often face in urban transport worldwide, it also outlines why gender responsive transport planning is needed, and offers best practice examples as well as concrete tools to take action.

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Car-free Day Toolkit

The organization of car-free days is a powerful tool in terms of raising awareness as it demonstrates our cities’ potential when free from traffic and enables citizens to reclaim the public space. This practical guide has been developed based on two examples of car-free days organized by CODATU: Kochi in India, and Tunis in Tunisia. Drawing from two examples, this guide presents the main features and shows that these events can in fact be organized within a short time period (1-2 months) and at minimal cost.

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Open Streets Toolkit

This document is a toolkit from Open Streets Cape Town (OSCT), a non-profit organisation working to create shared spaces that bring people together. This toolkit presents what they have learnt about organising Open Street Days. Their aim is to help communities who would like to run their own. It includes info on how to get started, how to engage stakeholders, how to get exposure, and much more.

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Gender toolkit – Urban development

This methodological guide addresses the integration of gender in urban development projects in terms of precarious neighborhoods, housing, solid waste and market facilities; the other urban development themes are the subject of specific AFD Gender toolboxes (transport and mobility, water and sanitation, etc.).

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