PLANNERS BOOKSHELF – On Gender and Transport


This page summarizes a collection of key references for planners, policy makers, NGOs and others concerned with issues relating to gender and transport.


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 – 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.

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Gatnet 2.0: Gearing up for 2016

Dear Gatnet Friends and Colleagues,
zetabyte-image-largeWhen Priyanthi Fernando decided to invite an innovative month-long peer dialogue on Gender Mainstreaming in Rural Transport in November, I was fascinated by her idea on several scores.  First, the topic itself and very curious to see what the 150 or so people from various corners of the world signed into Gatnet would have to share and create together on this subject. And second, I was intrigued to see how our somewhat sagging original Dgroups website package was going to be able to support these exchanges. So I decided to jump in with both feet and as the exchanges moved along, I was struck by two things in turn.

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I’m sick of being played on the bus!

Colombia transmileno women only signThe Inter American Bank’s Moviliblog (Transport ideas for Latin America and the Caribean) has just published an article  on this topic in Spanish under the title “¡Estoy harta de que me toquen en el bus!”, which is available in the Spanish original here – and in a serviceable Google translation here

The English translation opens with this:

I’m sick of being played on the bus!  That’s what Alexandra Parra must have thought when, after getting off the Transmilenio in which he went to work in the center of Bogotá, decided to publicly denounce the sexual harassment she had suffered .  It is not an isolated case, many women in the region suffer this humiliating treatment in the media of mass transit, crowded or not, become free zone for touching, harassment and even rape.  There are even groups of offenders who encourage these abuses on the Internet .

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Thinking on Equity/Transport: Todd Litman, Canada

no excuses sir

We are inviting comments and background information on this our central concept behind this project, i.e., what is this thing we call transportation equity all about? We are looking for a variety of views and perspectives on our topic and not some kind of warm and glass-eyed unanimity. If we cannot handle contradictions and fuzziness, then we are not about to make headway on a challenge of this level of complexity. The following valuable contribution and bibliography  comes in from Todd Litman, executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in Victoria Canada.

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Geetam Tiwari on Pro-Poor Green Urban Transport

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:

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