Welcome (And oh yes, work in progress)

Collaborative problem-solving for a world-wide action agenda.

This is the temporary opening message to greet friends and colleagues around the world who share our concerns in matters of gender, transport and equity.  It is our intention that this site and the related communications tools introduced here will be co-designed and maintained by a growing group of committed individuals and groups around the world.  We hope you will join us in this. Continue reading

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Upcoming international events: Aug/Oct. 2011

Upcoming international events: Aug/Oct. 2011 This listing of coming international events through end-October is compiled by the GIZ Sustainable Urban Transport Project. Click here to go to their website for their latest newsletter: May – June 2011 30.08.2011 Washington D.C.,US: Safe & Sustainable Mobility for Older People Link: http://www.sutp.org/index.php?option=com_eventlist&Itemid=56&func=details&did=500&lang=en 11.09.2011 Durban, S.A.: Thredbo 12 Conference Link: ht … Read More

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There are no women in the world who are shaping the sustainable transportation agenda? (Apparently)

I wonder if I am the only person in the world who gets upset at this: I am from time to time approached by groups and publications with in-progress lists identifying whom they see as the most influential people who are through their work and efforts shaping the sustainable transportation agenda, which they then ask me to comment, add to, etc. Now what is to me most striking about these lists is that on almost all occasions they invariably consist … Read More

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Breathing the lovely morning air in Delhi traffic

Breathing the lovely morning air in Delhi traffic GUEST POST.  "Anyone who has sat in traffic in an Indian city knows what it feels like to be blasted in the face by the exhaust of a neighboring vehicle.  Despite the potentially important health risks that may be involved with such encounters, relatively few studies have measured in-traffic air pollution in developing world cities, where the combination of congested traffic and high-emitting vehicle fleets make "in-your-face" exposures a feature … Read More

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Women make better, safer bus drivers ??

The Philippines has a less than a year old president and people are looking for fresh perspectives on how to tackle the mind boggling concerns of running a metropolitan area in a developing context. This time, gender is the center of attention, at least, at this moment in time of the new year, to calm the nerves of many. It is a generally disheartening situation in the Philippines– this urgent job of addressing safety issues in the context of a (1) fossil fuel dominated and predominantly privately owned vehicles in the public transportation system (2) reality where it is difficult to enforce-the-rules for the public good. Continue reading

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Working with Links & Sources

You will see the current listing of identified key sources in the right column of the site. This list is just getting underway, so your collaboration in filling it out is more than welcome.

It is our intention that this will in time be more than just one more good passive list of all the programs and sources active in the areas of concern to this project; We have more ambitious 21st century objectives as follows. Continue reading

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Working with machine translations

These are automated (machine) translations so they are usually understandable but not perfect.

If you have comments, suggestions of cautionary remarks for our readers in your language group, please share them with us so that we can make them more broadly available. Thank you Continue reading

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Gatnet – Community of practice

Women suffer in many ways from the transport arrangements that exist in most poor parts of the world, and not least in rural and poor urban areas where women and girls are required to perform many burdensome and health-threatening tasks. But public policy and investments rarely take this into account. The Gatnet program was created in an attempt to do something about this.

Gatnet is a community of practice and public policy program on Gender and Transport, addressing the problems of women, particularly Southern women, facing the everyday reality of gender inequality in the transport sector. The program deals with specific problems in specific places in Africa, Asia and Latin America, mainly in very poor outlying areas where access is an enormous problem of day-to-day life, often falling especially hard on women and young girls.

This collaborative forum builds on the work accomplished over the last half decade on the DGroups listserve at http://dgroups.org/worldbank/GATNET

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