COLLABORATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR A WORLD-WIDE ACTION AGENDA
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World Streets. Paris, 5 January 2005
Editor’s Note: It is not easy to get bright committed people who are working very hard on specific problems that are right before them, usually with neither time nor resources as needed to stretch beyond the challenges and priorities that are tying them up at any moment, to consider how they might somehow better “combine” – particularly if we are talking about something other than preparing an article for a professional journal or traveling somewhere to swap ideas and experience with others. The universe of virtual networking is quite a blank for most of us when we step much beyond email and the usual newsgroups, a black hole down which they really don’t wish to either peer or, eventually, entirely disappear (that being one of the dangers of the internet and group communications).
Here we have an example of the latest in a half year long dialogue between us and a wonderful program to which we are trying to make a modest contribution: GATNET – a virtual discussion on gender and transport issues for the development sector which was set up earlier this year to share lessons learned and to exchange new ideas and information by field workers spread literally all over the globe.
Truth to tell, our ideas and urging for better and more extensive networking are thus far being greeted with a certain amount of skepticism and/or lack of immediate interest, since most of the group appear to be more or less happy with what they have. I for one however sincerely believe that they need to do more and better, and this letter to the group of this date is my latest attempt to see if I can rally support for this good cause. (But am I too heavy-handed in this? For you to judge.)
Archives and Next Steps
Greetings from Paris on a sunny almost Spring day. Let’s see now. Gatnet? We have been sharing ideas, questions, references, events, projects and materials on our important topic for the better part of two decades now. But like it or not, these capabilities have been largely lying fallow since friend Priyantha Fernando, Executive director of the Centre for Poverty Analysis in Colombo, last whipped us into creative interaction. That was on 27 September 2015, and the topic she put before us (if memory serves me) was “Gender Mainstreaming in the Rural Transport Sector”. We had a very good run with it, and very lively and useful contributions by our community. Mission accomplished?
But time moves on, and for whatever reason the 237 members of this original Gatnet 1.0 group, along with the 4,313 members of our Gatnet 2.0 community at https://worldstreets.wordpress.com/tag/fullgenderparity/ , are still potentially connected — but not, for now at least active, as a group. That happens, and if the recent hiatus allows us to catch our breaths, the challenges of gender, transport and equity certainly do not go away.
Dear Priyanti and GATNET colleagues,
I take the opportunity of latest exchange of messages to share some activities that the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP) of the ILO has been developing on gender; not only on transports but on infrastructure issues.
With the aim to celebrate International Women’s Day, the EIIP has especially prepared a series of documents that prove the efforts to promote women’s participation and gender equality in infrastructure development and decent work.
I invite you to read the Policy Brief “Building a gender-equitable future through employment intensive investment programmes”
This is NOT funny. It is not playful. It is not: just “kidding around”.
It is violent, it is a personal attack, and to my mind as I see it here, and without a shadow of a doubt, a case of street rape. A painful reminder of our social context and strong need for rectification.
Many of the key gender issues relating to the transport sector in the Pacific region – different travel needs of women from those of men, safety requirements, access to economic opportunities – are the same experienced by women across the world. Contexts may differ from that of Pacific Island nations beset by geographical, as well as socio-cultural challenges, however many issues are in common. Even within countries, transport needs vary greatly from a rural context to urban or peri-urban environments, as well as intra-national differences within island nations.
– Author: Kim Titcombe. Independent consultant based in Europe and in Australia, specialized in the area of gender and development
Program Name Change:
The full name of this international collaborative program has today been changed to “Women, Transport and Leadership: Seizing the Lead, Not Waiting for Permission”. For short, just “Women, Transport and Leadership” (or WTL)
This page summarizes a collection of key references for planners, policy makers, NGOs and others concerned with issues relating to gender and transport.
WELCOME TO GATNET ON DGROUPS – https://dgroups.org/worldbank/gatnet/
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.
GENDER, EQUITY & TRANSPORT FORUM 2.0 – https://gatnet.wordpress.com/. An open, self-organized multi-media toolset and extension of the original Dgroups site. Designed to complement, work in parallel with and not as a substitute for the original listserv. Presently under construction – feedback and ideas solicited. Fully operational version targeted for Spring 2017.
And from World Streets:
QUESTIONS/HELP: For questions about site organization, participation or if you wish to help in this open project drop a line to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Comments and suggestions for other key sources welcome. Please email to email@example.com. Thanks.
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.