Mainstreaming gender issues into the rural transport sector: Seven research programmes underway in Asia and Africa

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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).

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Habitat III: Mainstreaming gender issues

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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.

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THE WOMEN OF EUROPE SOLIDARNOSC WITH THE WOMEN OF POLAND.

Take it to the World’s Streets

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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.

@worldstreets

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GENDER, EQUITY & TRANSPORT FORUM 2.0.

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MISSION STATEMENT – a community of practice and public policy program on Gender and Transport, addressing the problems of women, particularly Southern women and girls 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, both cities and in very poor outlying rural areas where safe and fair access is an enormous problem of day-to-day life, often falling especially hard on women and young girls.

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“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.

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