Discussion: Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport

gender mainstreaming

  • Posted by Priyanthi Fernando, , who is leading this initiative.

Welcome to old and new members of GATNET and to the discussion on Gender Mainstreaming in the Rural Transport. Apologies for the delay in starting, and thank you to all those who signed up early for their patience. We needed to send the message out to IFRTD s and ReCAP s communities of practice the response was very good, and according to Eric Britton, we GATNET comprises 169 members from 46 different countries. An opportunity for sharing a wide range of experiences!

So here is the formal introduction to the discussion with an outline of what form it will take.

As mentioned in the invitations and elsewhere, despite a decade or more of research into gender and transport, by IFRTD, the World Bank, Universities and other agencies, we have still failed to mainstream gender issues into the sector, and women remain more disadvantaged than men when it comes to mobility and access. I would argue that this is not just a question of ‘not knowing’ – there is plenty of information out there about women’s mobility and access needs etc – but a question also of how decision making takes place in the sector, and what information is shared, and how.

So in this discussion group, what I would like to see us discuss are some of the issues relating to gender mainstreaming in the transport sector in general, and in the rural transport sector in particular. I am hoping the discussion will generate evidence that will enable us to understand the constraints and bottlenecks, and that members will share evidence of good practice where gender mainstreaming has actually had a positive impact on improving women s mobility and access. We may also want to include discussion around women s participation in the sector, in the planning and delivery of rural infrastructure and transport services.

The discussion will take place in four segments

Segment 1 will discuss what we mean by gender mainstreaming, and why it is important for the rural transport sector this may sound a little theoretical, but I think it s important that we need to understand the concept and start from the same page

Segment 2 will call for stories from participants experience of where gender mainstreaming has worked in the transport sector or where it has not. The emphasis is on rural transport. And the focus will be on storytelling.

Segment 3 will use the stories shared in Segment 2 to try and understand what were the factors that made gender mainstreaming possible and what were the factors that constrained gender mainstreaming. This will be a more analytical segment.

Segment 4: will identify the potential areas for more research and will form the basis for a request for proposals that ReCAP will issue.

Each Segment will run for one week, but we there will be no restriction on the discussions overlapping. The discussion will not be moderated, but I will send out a brief introduction to the segment, and a set of questions to focus the discussion at the start of each segment. The discussion will commence on the Monday 2nd November. So watch this space for the questions that will frame segment one!

PS Please get your friends and colleagues to join up. this could be an interesting four weeks.

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For additional background:

* Discussionhttps://dgroups.org/worldbank/gatnet/discussions/2ba350f9
World Streets on Gender, Equity and Transport –https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/gender-initiative/
Facebook: Gender, Equity and Transport (Facebook) –https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatnet/(118 members, works fairly well)
Gender, Equity & Transport Forum 2.0https://gatnet.wordpress.com/. 2,455 followers but little used since 2014.
Gatnet on LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8123470. Only 8 followers. Not really activated to date.
• Google Scholar on Gender, Equity and Transport . –https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=8123470(very useful)
Latest news on Gender, Equity and Transport (From Google)-https://goo.gl/lktSsA (Almost always interesting)

Most of this is quite fresh and more than a little useful to anyone interested in following progress (and stasis) in our important but still terribly under-appreciated area of concern. (If we had a good research assistant for a couple of weeks, we could further improve what you see here quite a lot.)

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About the discussion leader:

Priyanthi FernandoPriyanthi Fernando is an International Development Consultant · · Colombo, Sri Lanka — with experience of working on social development and poverty issues and communication. She has worked for years to advance the cause and role of women in the struggle for sustainable transportation, sustainable lives, and the environment in the poorest parts of the planet. She can be reached via priyanthi.fernando@gmail.com.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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