Re: WorldTransport Forum Women's Transportation Issues in Developing Nations ...
Just a quick plug for the now completed Women on Wheels project managed by Alix Stredwick, and the feature in the current CTC - the UK National Cyclists' Organisation - magazine Cycle, which is also available as an 8-page guide on cycling for women. Whilst not in home territory, Alix's work included getting those from ethnic backgrounds where a cycling culture did not exist to embrace cycling more widely - especially the women. I can also recall a comment that refugee groups in Holland had to get guided to using bicycles to combat social exclusion - rather the reverse of most places trying to get everyone into a car.
In the UK the level of cycling could be increased by almost 40% if the gender balance was matched to that in other European countries and I suspect that in the developing world, where wheeled transport is at an even greater premium there is an even greater male dominance.
Puzzling now on why a fantastically expensive security operation with hugely expensive transport arrangement (helicopter from airport to golf hotel & all flights stopped in surrounding airspace for every arrival - well George and Tony at least) then everyone travelling huge distances with huge entourages by air - the least friendly mode... is set to discuss ... world poverty at a top ranking 'Golf' hotel (Gleneagles) and global warming .... When asked why they couldn't just all teleconference from their secure bunkers at home one wit replied "Ego's"