Let us mobilize women!

Let us mobilize women!

Today is International Women's Day – so let us take a look at what we can do to mobilize women:

Women face more restrictions to mobility, and their travel patterns differ from those of men due to their differences in needs and tasks, and also because they generally have less time availability and access to resources. At the same time, women are in higher risk of being victim of crime and violence. Therefore, women have different requirements of transport systems and space. Taking into account the specific needs of women in transport has a broad impact, and benefits not only women.

Truly sustainable transport meets the demand of all people.

Mayors play an essential role in making transport gender sensitive. Recognizing the need to address gender issues by a mayor sends an important political message. Key issues to tackle are the support of women’s participation in decision-making, the improvement in accessibility, safety and comfort of transport modes and the planning of transport services in response to gender needs. Gender must be considered in all stages of the planning process: data collection, planning and design, implementation and monitoring. The iNUA Implementation Guide on Gender and Urban Transport offers a comprehensive set of recommendations for mayors who want to mobilize women.

Carlos Pardo, October 2006
Carlos Pardo, October 2006

The development of a Gender Action Plan (GAP) – a planning tool based on analyses that allows to evaluate the key challenges – is a good starting point. It includes following steps:

  • Define Targets
  • Review the Framework
  • Involving Stakeholders
  • Collect Data
  • Implementation and Monitoring

GIZ will re-launch this spring the sourcebook for policymakers in developing and emerging countries on the topic of gender in urban transport (here you can find the current publication). This sourcebook serves as user-manual for, but not exclusively limited to, policy-makers. It identifies areas in which gender and urban transport intersect and points out the concept of gender as a transversal topic that is relevant in all phases of planning, design and implementation. GIZ´s module handbook provides examples and policy advice on transport systems around the world empowering mobility of women.

Many people around the world tuned in for our SUTP-Webinar on “Gender and Urban Transport” on 18th January 2018 which shed light on how gender issues pursue sustainable urban mobility in very practical terms. Together with our speakers Heather Allen, an international consultant, and Sonal Shah, Senior Manager at ITDP India, participants had the opportunity to learn more about gender considerations in transport planning, design and operation as well as about safety and security aspects in transportation.

Read our interview on women and cycling in India where Dr. Anvita Arora and Parvesh Sharawat present their experiences of the empowerment of women through enhanced mobility. 


Join us to discuss strategies to empower women in the transport sector and change mobility systems to cater to women‘s needs during the WomenMobilizeWomen-Conference on 22nd May 2018 during the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany.

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