“Feminism and Sustainable Development in Ukraine”

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From the graduate seminar on Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the  Institut Supérieur de Gestion in Paris a student thesis on “Feminism and Sustainable development in Ukraine”.  The report is available for review and comment at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B41h-Am2TpUHYXBsUTlNS29kTkk.

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News from Transaid: Inspiring women to take charge of their own health and increasingly their own transport

Update from Caroline Barber, Head of Programmes, Transaid

africa woman on bicycleThe organisation I work for (Transaid) were involved in an initiative to train female drivers and transport officers from a cooperative in Accra so that they could manage the transport of agricultural products to market themselves. This was back in 2007/2008. The programme had some success but there were a number of challenges, for example perceived issues of security for women drivers on long distance vehicles, the carrying capacity of the vehicles (which were sourced as a donation) were also probably too small to really drive down the transport costs enough. In time some of the coops decided to turn the vehicles into tro tros (mini bus taxis and hire men to drive them).

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Archives: Including Gender in the World Bank Transport Strategy (2006)

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World Bank Position Paper of August 2006

How far have we come on the issues that bring us here over the last decade?  What better way to find out than to have  a look at the position paper prepared by the World Bank in August 2006.

Including Gender in the World Bank Transport Strategy

  – By John Roberts and Mika Kunieda

This paper describes the need to update the World Bank’s transport sector strategy to respond to important changes of approach in international Development. The paper recognizes the valuable contribution made by the independent Gender and Transport Network (GATNET) in providing consolidated comments on draft Transport Sector strategy (2007-2015). It outlines the process and summarises the comments which were made.

The new strategy has not yet been drafted in response to the wide range of comments received. The paper examines the scope in the new Transport Strategy for addressing the points raised by GATNET and for reflecting them in the final document of the strategy. It considers how the points might be integrated with other key issues, taking into account the context of World Bank operations.

The continuing role for an international community of practice is considered with the potential for GATNET to continue to make a key contribution in relation to the World Bank’s Transport and Social Responsibility Thematic Group alongside specialist groups


For the past decade there have been efforts by the World Bank to strengthen the gender balance of its assistance. This has been supported by the preparation of multi-sectoral guidance and the formation of the Transport and Social Responsibility thematic group which facilitates access to good practice on gender and other issues in the planning, design and implementation of transport assistance. However, there is concern in the Transport Sector over the disappointing results of attempting to scale-up and mainstream gender interventions. This concern is now shared widely within the World Bank, prompting the preparation of a multi-sectoral Gender Action Plan to which the Transport Group and TSR will contribute. The World Bank Transport Strategy 2007-2015 will endorse this position and will foster approaches which improve the gender outcomes of future support in the sector.

GATNET, an independent network of specialists on gender issues in transport set up a process to discuss the draft Strategy and to achieve consensus on comments about its gender perspective amongst a large number of participants. These consolidated comments provide the strategy review team with valuable guidance for sharpening this aspect of the Strategy. The paper summarises the main points which were identified by GATNET and examines options for addressing these points in the final document and in practice. It sets this in the context of the constraints within which the World Bank has to work and examines the extent to which gender issues need to be integrated with other concerns for inclusion and social considerations

The TSR thematic group will continue to contribute to a wide community of practice which promotes good practice in multi-disciplinary approaches for social and gender analysis within the World Bank transport sector and amongst other professional groups. In particular it encourages sector teams in the Bank’s Regions and with other development agencies the collection and use of gender disaggregated data for planning, implementing and evaluation of transport interventions and for analytical sector work in the various regions.

The TSR thematic group values the participation of GATNET members to continue to contribute in policy discussions, sharing good practice, monitoring and evaluation. Alongside other specialist groups they can actively contribute to delivering the paradigm of inclusive transport – ‘transport for all’.

Specific Recommendations by GATNET team

GATNET recommends that the realignment of the World Bank’s development support should

  1. • provide increased lending not just to urban projects and trade-based freight transport infrastructure, but also to providing priority access to those households and communities outside the 2km range of access.
  2. • ensure that investments in roads and highways incorporate supporting infrastructure such as separate roadside toilet facilities and women only rooms/rest places, women only train/bus compartments.
  3. • incorporate the underlying gender distinction in the patterns and purposes of urban trip making into its increased engagement in urban transport especially with relevance to the development of IMTs, infrastructure and services, public transport facilities, routes, fares and service schedules
  4. • expand its increased engagement in transport for trade to consider the significant gender and transport issues for women working in town-to-town trade, crossborder merchandising or in export oriented industries and horticultural farms
  5. • stimulate the market for women friendly transport services, especially services based on non-motorised and intermediate means of transport
  6. • widen the application of social and environmental issues by incorporating gender analysis and impact assessment into all transport interventions, identification, design, appraisal, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and by paying explicit attention to tackling issues relating to the impact of transport on women’s health and maternal mortality, and the gender impacts of road safety

If the World Bank is to engender the realignment of its development support to the transport sector as outlined above, GATNET feels that it needs to mainstream gender into its way of doing business. This would require realigning the Bank’s approach to

• Include gender budgeting into the policy dialogue on transport governance and reform and promote greater involvement of women in the transport sector of client countries.

• Increase partnerships with social development units within the Bank, and in client countries, and also engage more proactively with global communities such as GATNET and the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD).

• Use gender disaggregated data to assess the performance of the transport sector in developing countries and strengthen capacity to carry out gender analysis and planning within the transport sector in client countries and within the transport units in the Bank. Develop a gender and transport checklist that can enable task managers to mainstream gender into all Bank lending to the transport sector.

• Ensure that all ‘flagship reports’ commissioned by the TSB mainstream gender and take greater cognizance of the Bank commissioned studies on gender and transport. Ensure allocation of resources to the commissioning of studies that will increase the Bank’s understanding of gender and transport, at a global, regional and national level. Document best practice of mainstreaming gender.

• Carry out a continuous gender review of the strategy in order to ensure consistency between policy and practice. Establish an independent mechanism that allows for

  • o (At the design phase) confirmation that any loan, grant or project (document) complies with the engendered strategy and MDGs; o (At appraisal) all World Bank projects conducting routine gender reviews of the design;
  • o (During Implementation) Monitoring to ensure that the operations on the ground are compliant with the engendered strategy, MDGs and World Bankrecipient agreement.
  • o Evaluation: To ensure that the evaluation and impact reports document impact on gender and MDGs and to certify that the evaluation team is engendered too

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Institutional Support International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD)

Moderators Peter Njenga, IFRTD Priyanthi Fernando, CePA

Consultants: Maha Khan (US DOT) and Eric Britton (EcoPlan International Association)

Consultation Coordinator Nite Tanzarn, Professor (Uganda)

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About the authors:

Peter Roberts, World Bank, Lead Infrastructure Advisor, Transport and Urban Department, 1818 H St. NW Washington DC 20433 tel: +1-202-473-3482 proberts@worldbank.org

Mika Kunieda, World Bank, Consultant, Transport and Urban Department, physical address: c/o World Bank Ethiopia Country Office PO Box 5515 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia mkunieda@worldbank.org, tel: +251-91-1416141

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a sustainability activist, mediator, 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. Founding editor of World Streets and Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process find practical solutions to urging climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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What Does Gender Have to Do with Safe and Abundant Cycling?


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Source: https://momentummag.com/a-little-more-fuel-for-the-helmet-debate-fire/

Researchers in Canada have determined that mandatory helmet laws have no impact on bicycling injury hospitalization rates. Other factors, namely mode share, were much more likely to affect the outcome.

Main conclusions of investigation:

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Twelve Principles for Healthy and Sustainable Places

In support of project underway of United Nations University’s Global Health Institute

UN Urban thinkers Campus

  1. COHABIT – Design with nature. Human and ecosystem health stand centre stage in good place design. If it is good for our small planet, we are well on the way to healthy and sustainable places, and sustainable lives. Sustainability and sharing is a defining context!  It changes everything.
  1. SENSES – Humans like all animals are intimately connected to place through our senses – hearing, touch, smell, taste and sight. And a sense of compassion. Beautiful, vibrant and culturally distinct places ignite the senses, bringing a feeling of wellbeing, security, creativity and generosity of spirit.
  1. COMPLEXITY – Natural, economic and cultural diversity make for complex but equally interesting and resilient places. So forget everything you think you know. Welcome chaos and complexity as a necessary first step in the solution process. Engage with diverse ideas, cultures and approaches.
  1. OPPORTUNITY – Given the level, dynamics and sheer overwhelming complexity of the challenges, we will not solve 21st century challenges with measures based on the old paradigms. So much has changed in terms of imagination, technologies and the way we use them. So prepare to be very different.
  1. PROXIMITY – Physical activity, social connection and healthy eating are fostered through proximity, and natural and built environments that are designed to connect, respect and protect. Retire distance, speed and indifference. Replace with proximity, safety and neighborliness.
  1. EQUITY – Justice and equity are vibrant beacons for health, democracy and development in human settlements. Burdens of climate change and unsustainable development must not be carried by the most vulnerable citizens, cities and countries.
  1. DEMOCRACY – Good governance holds the key to the future of human settlements. Citizens cannot be not passive spectators. There is more to democracy than occasional elections. Mobilise civil society in all its diversity and differences around big questions and strive for local answers.
  1. PARITY – Sustainability cannot be planned, decided and administered by a minority. Daily life needs and perceptions of women differ in many ways. The only path to planning and implementing sustainable, efficient and just communities is to ensure full gender parity in all decision fora.   
  1. RESISTANCE– Most human beings are change-averse and ready to challenge anything they perceive see as invasions in any part of their daily lives. So we must anticipate this from the beginning and have a multi-level strategy which takes this into account from the beginning. 
  1. TIMEMake time our ally. We need to be very clever in the many ways that we can put it to work for our good cause. We can knit together the strands of our solution, putting time on our side 
  1. COLLABORATION By creating and pushing to their limit flat, open, citizen peer knowledge networks we enter a new age of problem solving capabilities far beyond anything available to us in the past. (Which is to say, we have a chance!) 

[1] Revised working draft by Eric Britton submitted in response to a request from an on-going research project of the United Nations University’s  Global Health Institute (http://iigh.unu.edu/) that is setting out Principles of Healthy and Sustainable Places. In support of their Health and Wellbeing in the City We Need symposium to meet in Kuching, Malaysia from January 24-27, 2016  –  http://unhabitat.org/urbanthinkers/ for more.

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About the author:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a sustainability activist, mediator, 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. Founding editor of World Streets and Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process find practical solutions to urging climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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“Can we stop with the rape jokes already?”

– February 7, 2016.. Article in today’s The Malaysian Insider

– Full text at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/…/can-we-stop-with-the-r…

“Why does your hair look like it has been gang raped?” So asked a friend of mine as I stepped into the cool air-conditioned room after a long afternoon walk under the scorching George Town sun, my hair fried to a crispy frizz.

Rape jokes are aplenty in the world, and just like perpetrators of any acts of violence against women (VAW), those who “crack” rape jokes can be anyone – of any gender, age group, religion, class, etc.

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“Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport – Call for research concepts

Centrral African repulic women buidling road
The Research for Community Access Partnership would like to inform you of the following opportunity:

Call for Research concepts in “Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport”

Following on from the Gender Mainstreaming discussion facilitated on GATNET during November-December 2015, The Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) is pleased to publish a call for research concepts from researchers and practitioners to further explore aspects that will contribute to the key research areas.
ReCAP is interested in supporting an understanding of Gender Mainstreaming among those within the ReCAP community and beyond who are able to influence policy and practice in Africa and Asia (particularly in ReCAP partner countries). Individuals or organisations in Africa and Asia can submit research concepts, independently or in collaboration with other individuals or organisations in Africa, Asia or the rest of the world.
ReCAP envisages commissioning a ‘cluster’ of several proposals, each less than GBP 50,000. However, one or more larger collaborative projects could be considered.
Interested organisations or individuals can request the full document by sending an e-mail to Edson.Madeira@cardno.com with copy to Rebecca.Hunt@Cardno.uk.com, stating the project reference No.GEN2044B on the e-mail subject.
All submissions must be received by no later than 22nd February 2016, 17:00 UK time.
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For further information about the ReCAP please visit http://www.research4cap.org 
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