Gender, Social Issues and Participation

Access and Gender

This report made by ITDP and WEDO highlights the struggle of the transport sector to take into account the diversity of mobility and needs according to a gender approach, thus leading to dynamics that contribute to the widening of inequalities between men and women. This report also provides an overview of the issue of gender in sustainable mobility and gives series of recommendations to promote gender equality in urban mobility.

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Remarkable Women in Transport

This publication is meant to showcase the diversity of female change makers in transport. From women working for civil society to international initiatives as well as start-ups, policy level, the private sector and research.

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This document provides invaluable insights to how the effects of climate change, and the responses of climate action are experienced by women in cities, with concrete examples from Paris, Barcelona, San Francisco and London. Only by understanding the gendered nature of climate change, policies and programmes, can we deliver action that will benefit all citizens equally.

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WISE II – Women‘s Employment and Gender Policy in Urban Public Transport Companies in Europe

This brochure aims to illustrate the wealth of initiatives which are already undertaken by both employers and trade unions in the urban public transport sector to address the obstacles currently inhibiting higher shares of women’s employment.
Beyond the diversity of initiatives, this brochure also describes some overall company strategies which represent the prerequisite for the success of any gender policy.

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In 2017, ITF and UITP proposed to develop a positive corporate gender policy as a joint union and employer project – addressing recruitment, health and safety, qualifications and training, wage equality and work-life balance

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Urban rehabilitation and transport projects

Although urban roads and transport projects may at first appear to benefit everyone equally in a community, men and women may have different needs and priorities in terms of how a service should be designed and delivered. If these issues are identified and understood, they can be systematically integrated into the design and implementation of the project to ensure that project benefits are more equally distributed across any given community. Measures to this effect can often be successfully incorporated into projects at minimal cost, especially when taken into consideration early on in the project cycle.
The main issues where there tends to be a gender perspective involve safety and travel patterns.

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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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