Women in Transport – As seen from Uganda

One of World Streets most consistent, persistent policy objectives is our long-term and firmly held recommendation that not only should our transportation systems be (a) designed to offer as the highest priority full and fair service for women of all ages and stations of life, but also that (b) the decision process involved something approaching a full quorum of female leaders and participants. For more on that we invite you to click  here for World streets coverage of these issues since 2009, and for more on the Gender, Equity & Transport Forum 2.0  go here –   http://gatnet.wordpress.com.

The following article on the  status and role of women in transport in Uganda  has been sent to us by the Civil Society Coalition on Transport (CICOT) in Uganda.

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WOMEN IN TRANSPORT

- Source: CISCOT - The Transporter Newsletter 2014, Issue .

The present transport system has largely been designed to carter more for men and majorly by men. Professionals are increasingly aware of the social dimension of transport, but there is still fundamental lack of awareness of the gen­der differentiated impact of transport policy and provision. There is a need to introduce piecemeal initiatives, such as the Public Transport Gender Audit and the subsequent Public Transport Gender Checklist right from the local level and closely monitor and audit their take up closely.

Apparently the employment in the transport sector is very male-dominated. This constrains women in development.

There is scarcity of women in central positions in the policymaking and planning of transport, and there is a systematic failure to incorporate the voices of women users in the consultation and planning of the transport systems. The absence of systematic gender inclusion procedures for transport, in terms of training for professionals, the participation of users or the design and planning of systems services and equipment suggests that gender analysis is not seen as relevant to transport policy. More women than men are facing transport problems in accessing a range of public services.

It is no longer acceptable not to have women sit with men in decision-making roles. This will benefit the institutions involved in create a more balanced work environment. Let us begin by lighting a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness.

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What is CISCOT?

The Civil Society Coalition on Transport in Uganda (CISCOT) aims to contribute to an efficient, effective and safe transport system. It brings together organisations to harness the potential of civil society and to build a strong, collective voice to address the needs and concerns of citizens on transport issues.  Created in 2013, the Coalition focuses on three broad areas:

  • Citizen mobilisation and support
  • Sector monitoring, advocacy and influence
  • Coalition building and institutional development

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World Streets can only applaud and hope the very best for this courageous civil society initiative  in an environment which is not always so  welcoming of  contrary views.

Eric Britton

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is MD of EcoPlan International, 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. His work focuses on the target of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport, and helping governments to ask the right questions and from this starting point to find and implement practical solutions to climate, mobility, public space and job creation challenges. He is currently working on a book for publication in early 2015, “Toward a General Theory of Sustainable Transport in Cities” which is being presented, discussed and critiqued in a series of journal articles, university sessions, international conferences, workshops, media events and city dialogues over 2014.

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Surprising Things You Never Knew About Transport

This is the first in a series of four short films prepared by a faculty team  from the Centre for Transport and Society at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).  The four podcasts pose some interesting questions and give an insightful appraisal of what influences travel habits, delivered by nationally leading experts in the field of transport research: Professor Glenn Lyons, Dr Steve Melia, Professor Graham Parkhurst and Professor John Parkin. Today’s film is presented by Steve Melia and looks into some surprising questions from Steve’s forthcoming book ‘Urban Transport Without the Hot Air’. All  four films can be viewed on the UWE Bristol web pages.

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Getting ready for Earth Car Free Days (in 2001)

From the Archives:

Back in March of 2001 a reporter from Grist Magazine took contact with Eric Britton of EcoPlan’s World Car Free Day program for an interview concerning progress in the run-up for the first Earth Car Free Day,  at the time being jointly organized by his team in partnership with the Earth Day Network for 19 April 2001.  The interview eventually morphed into a week-long series of articles on various aspects (real and imagined) of the Car Free Day push which you will find below. (For original articles click to Grist at http://grist.org/article/britton-earthcarfree/full/).

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World Streets nominates City of Paris for International Transport Entrepreneurship Award

velib-guy3The editor of World Streets was contacted by the organizers of the 2014 MobiPrize for Enterprising Cities/States and asked to make a nomination for an international an award of recognition for City/State governments o that have demonstrated active efforts to build a culture of innovation and encourage entrepreneurship in sustainable transportation through enabling policy changes, capacity building, data sharing, funding (ppp) and other resource allocation efforts. We nominated the City of Paris for the award, concentrating on innovative world level services and innovations which involve extensive public/private partnerships.

Our draft nominating message appears here. We welcome comments, corrections and suggestions for improvement or extension.

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OYE DELHI! PLEASE MIND THE TRAFFIC

india delhi massive traffic jamZinnia Sidhu writes from Delhi

Delhi’s mindless traffic causing breakups since Papu learnt how to drive. The BIG WHITE elephant in the city. Oho! Not Papu, the traffic silly. The unnecessary evil. I genuinely believe that Delhiiets fortunately or unfortunately spend at least 50% of their waking hours in the car listening to Radio Mirchi, while simultaneously banging their heads on the steering wheel, texting, taking Instagram worthy shots, and not to mention swearing once in a while.

Picture this.

The Ring Road’s total length is 48km and is a six-lane carriageway. This was designed to carry about 75,000 vehicles a day. But the road carries 1.6 lakh vehicles per day and is expected to carry about 4 lakh vehicles by 2016!

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Carsharing in France: 2014 Overview

carsharing france overview - maxime Jean

Maxime Jean writes: When I started dealing  with car sharing 20 years ago, we were talking of a  “missing link”. Today the situation has changed and car sharing has begun  to play its part among the sustainable modes of transport. Let me briefly introduce the current situation, the development factors and some suggestions to overcome the brakes, the role of electric vehicles in car sharing and some elements concerning the prospective. I present this overview in the form of a PowerPoint presentation made to the European Conference on Mobility Management held in Florence from 7th to 9th of May 2014.

- – - > Click here for PowerPoint presentation – http://goo.gl/W517qJ .

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About the author:

Maxime Jean
Cerema / DterCE (French of Environment and Energie Department)
Mobility service
+33 4 72 14 31 69
maxime.jean@cerema.fr

Join: The Gender, Equity and Transport Forum

Want to have a quick look at a new collaborative website on our important subject that we are just starting to work up? And give us your first impressions and views? It is still very rough, but we think it’s perhaps not a bad start. With your help it will be better.

Thanks for taking the time to share your ideas.

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