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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World Car Free Day 2014: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme”

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Celebrating Bandung’s Car Free Day. Known as “We shot Bandung” Credit: Ikhlasyl Amal.

At a terrible time in the history of mankind, I propose to you this photograph as a message of hope and a silent clue to a better, sweeter future for all. . . agreeing as I do with the poet Louis Aragon when he wrote so long ago: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme” (“Woman is the Future of Mankind”).

What about this? Let’s get together, you and, I to see what we can do about making this the universal theme of World Car Free Day this year . . . in as many cities and countries around the world as we can. One city at a time.

Your turn!

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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 with an expert group of international colleagues on a book for publication in mid 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.(For additional background click to http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7)

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I’m sick of being played on the bus!

Colombia transmileno women only signThe Inter American Bank’s Moviliblog (Transport ideas for Latin America and the Caribean) has just published an article  on this topic in Spanish under the title “¡Estoy harta de que me toquen en el bus!”, which is available in the Spanish original herehttp://goo.gl/hHvP4p – and in a serviceable Google translation here- http://goo.gl/hI11WC.

The English translation opens with this:

I’m sick of being played on the bus!  That’s what Alexandra Parra must have thought when, after getting off the Transmilenio in which he went to work in the center of Bogotá, decided to publicly denounce the sexual harassment she had suffered .  It is not an isolated case, many women in the region suffer this humiliating treatment in the media of mass transit, crowded or not, become free zone for touching, harassment and even rape.  There are even groups of offenders who encourage these abuses on the Internet .

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Post opening: Country Director – Girl Hub Ethiopia

girl effect africaGirl Hub seeks an outstanding individual to lead Girl Hub Ethiopia, one of three country offices under the public-private collaboration between DFID and the Nike Foundation. Girl Hub is a team of DFID Ethiopia, DFID’s largest country programme, engaging with the Government of Ethiopia to help shape policy, and deliver a large existing portfolio of programmes. Girl Hub Ethiopia it is also a member of the Nike Foundation/Girl Hub family and the Country Director works closely with both parent organisations, as well as the other Girl Hubs across the African continent.

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