How to make urban transport gender responsive

How to make urban transport gender responsive

We are happy to announce our new publication “Approaches for Gender Responsive Urban Transport” on the day of the Women Mobilize Women Conference.

The new publication is a guide for policy-makers, administrations and interested citizens and serves as framework document for sustainable transport policy.

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.

The publication intends to give an overview of the rationale of gender responsive urban transport. 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. In the module, you find e.g. a comprehensive checklist, which will come in very handy in the process of gender sensitive transport policy and planning.

Recognizing the need to address gender in transport has a broad impact.  Not only will the people of the city – both men and women – benefit, but the city as a whole, as it becomes more competitive in the global market place and more efficient in providing services to its citizens. Increased access to transport contributes to a higher quality of life.

To find out more about the specifics of gender in transport, this sourcebook will share knowledge, examples and innovative ideas from around the globe for inclusive and safe transport.

From today on you can download it for free and discover how you can improve the conditions for women and girls in urban transport. Sustainable Transport is a transport for all gender!

Click here to download the new Sourcebook module 7a aiming towards the approach ofgender responsive mobility: “Approaches for Gender Responsive Urban Transport”.

The sourcebook is an ideal complement to the SUTP Factsheet in the Series “Implementing the New Urban Agenda (iNUA)”: Gender and Urban Transport, launched in November 2017.

Click here to download the SUTP Factsheet in the Series “Implementing the New Urban Agenda (iNUA)”: Gender and Urban Transport.

What is the Sourcebook?
The SUTP Sourcebook modules investigate the important key areas for a sustainable transport policy framework in developing cities. The Sourcebook consists of 32 modules, which you can download here. It is also complemented by a series of training documents and other material available on

Who is it for?
The Sourcebook is designed for policy-makers in developing cities and their advisors. The content reflects this target audience and provides policy tools appropriate for application in a range of developing cities. The academic sector has also benefited from this material.

This sourcebook has also been developed to look at where gender and urban transport intersect, seeing the concept of gender as a transversal topic that is relevant in all phases of planning, design and implementation and one that needs to be urgently addressed. It examines transport systems around the world to establish what is important for transport users in general and how gender affects the ways users view and experience transport.

The author: Heather Allen is an independent consultant with more than 20 years international of experience and is a highly regarded expert in gender, urban transport, sustainable development and climate change. She has worked at UITP, the International Association of Public Transport and with the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory’s Sustainable Transport Group. Since becoming an independent consultant, her projects include an international review of women’s personal security, gender and urban transport and a major study on this in three Latin American Cities (Buenos Aires, Quito and Santiago).

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