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).
In sharing this posting with you in the first week of this new collaborative project, we have two objectives in view. The first is to draw your attention to an excellent recent discussion paper on barriers to safe and efficient travel facing women in cities by Prof. Geetam Tiwari of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, which appears in a program of the Research Centre of the OECD’s International Transport Forum. (The full series of Discussion Papers can be downloaded from http://goo.gl/yCFomK).
The second motivation is to encourage our readers to profit from the software package that underlies this program in order to consult and read not only the contents of the entire website, but also to access the documents that will be stored in our shared library. Think of it as slow reading, the best way to grasp a complex topic.
In this ten minute video Professor Tiwari takes a useful step back from the usual pure transport and all too often dominant technology/infrastructure perspective, taking us back to the fundamentals of what is going on at the level of city dynamics and the daily lives of the neglected great majority of all who live and need to get around in the cities in her great and sprawling country. She comes down hard on past policies that have heavily favored the well to do, while all too systematically ignoring the daily needs of the rest, with no serious consideration of the life styles and special circumstances and needs of women, and above all poor women living in urban slums. And that of course is unsustainable. Let’s listen to what Geetam has to say:
The Philippines has a less than a year old president and people are looking for fresh perspectives on how to tackle the mind boggling concerns of running a metropolitan area in a developing context. This time, gender is the center of attention, at least, at this moment in time of the new year, to calm the nerves of many. It is a generally disheartening situation in the Philippines– this urgent job of addressing safety issues in the context of a (1) fossil fuel dominated and predominantly privately owned vehicles in the public transportation system (2) reality where it is difficult to enforce-the-rules for the public good. Continue reading