Gatnet: Collaborative problem-solving for a world-wide action agenda
Following a discussion on GATNET that took place during November-December 2015 — refernce http://wp.me/p1bevG-7d — around why gender has not been mainstreamed into the rural transport sector and why addressing gender issues in rural transport has not been transformative, changing the unequal relations between women and men, UK AID has commissioned seven research programmes in Asia and Africa to explore these issues further. The countries in which the research is taking place are Nepal (in South Asia), Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone,Liberia, Uganda and Ghana (in Africa). (See http://www.research4cap.org/SitePages/Home.aspx or join GATNET (below) for further updates).
The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 5 of the UN says: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. All of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals sound all-encompassing and too lofty to be pursued in a realistic manner. That, however, is the idea. The SDGs are value-pillars which guide planners while they go about their mundane tasks of drawing up maps and fighting resource crunches. Fortunately, the New Urban Agenda adopted in Habitat III breaks down these goals into sub-topics that people can wrap their heads around and know how to create a path towards achieving that utopian ideal.
Take it to the World’s Streets
A call for Europe-wide public assemblies of women, men and families in support of our Polish sisters as a time of great need
Pass it on/Make it happen.
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.
Update from Caroline Barber, Head of Programmes, Transaid
The 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).
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.