Worldwide, women are constantly facing sexual harassment and violence when using public transport. The World Bank has an increasing number of projects addressing this challenge that uses holistic interventions including Information and Communications Technology (ICT).
“Transport is not ‘gender neutral.’ Men and women hold different socio-economic roles and responsibilities that are associated with different patterns of transport access, needs, and use. Yet, there is often not much recorded evidence on the differences in gender travel needs between men and women, in urban areas in particular […].”
Source: World Bank (2011). Making Transport Work for Women and Men: Challenges and Opportunities In the Middle East and North Africa Lessons from Case Studies. Retrieved from http://siteresources.worldbank.org/EXTTSR/Resources/463715-1322323559362/Gender-Transport-MENA.pdf
It is women, not men that depend the most on public transport for mobility and thus an essential area to focus on. The World Bank has an increasing number of projects addressing this challenge that uses holistic interventions. Such interventions include community engagement in all phases, use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for generating relevant data, relevant trainings and knowledge campaigns.
An example of such projects is the Traveling Safely (Viajemos Seguras) initiative in Mexico City. It is comprised of service kiosks, training for transport employees, prevention campaigns and women-only cars in Metro and bus. As a result, 58% of metro lines and all BRT lines have implemented such women only cars.
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