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Gender, Transport and Development Conference

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  • Andie Miller
    Gender dimension has become increasingly important in transport planning and SANRAL, during 2005, commissioned a study to explore the gendered nature of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 12, 2006
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      Gender dimension has become increasingly important in transport planning and
      SANRAL, during 2005, commissioned a study to explore the gendered nature of
      women's transport in rural Eastern Cape. The study was conducted by the
      Gender and Development Unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
      and the main aims were to explore the gender based dimensions of rural women
      's travel activities, experiences and needs in order to provide policy and
      planning guidelines to the authorities. In addition, the impact of the
      gendered nature of transport and traveling on the social, health, economic
      and political status of women and girls were researched.

      Although men and women have different traveling patterns and behaviour,
      these differences have, in the past, not been addressed systematically by
      transport policy and provision. However, in the past ten years transport
      planners, economists and policy-makers in both the developing and developed
      world have begun to recognize the differences in travel and travel-related
      activities of men and women. Despite aforementioned, relatively few of the
      recent insights have infiltrated transport planning and policy-making
      practice. As a result, women at a local level continue a daily struggle to
      overcome the adversities of inefficient local transport systems designed to
      meet the needs of male wage earners.

      Consequently, in attempting to achieve gender equality in transport,
      transport policy and practice need to take cognizance of gender at the start
      of all planning activities, in its implementation and throughout the
      monitoring and evaluation phases. Appropriate transport policy needs to be
      developed through a gender lens so that both women and men can benefit
      equitably.

      The research concluded that a close linking of gender perspective and rural
      transport policy be proposed in order to improve rural transport systems and
      initiatives and to make it more gender-responsive and sustainable. This
      would require the development of a structural approach to understand gender
      needs, identify instruments to address those needs, and establish an
      appropriate policy framework.

      In view of aforementioned, the South African Department of Transport (DOT)
      and The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL), in partnership
      with the Gender and Development Unit of the Human Sciences Research Council
      (HSRC), decided to host the first ever International African Conference on
      Gender, Transport and Development: Bridging the divide between development
      goals, research and policy in developing countries.

      The Conference will take place from 27 to 30 August 2006 at the Nelson
      Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The
      Conference is designed to provide an opportunity for researchers,
      policy-makers, planners/practitioners and other interested
      persons/organizations from all parts of the world to share global
      multi-disciplinary perspectives on issues of gender, transport and
      development. The Conference aims are to contribute and strengthen the
      dialogue between countries, disciplines and traditions through the
      dissemination and presentation of:

      Findings of recent research, in particular studies with a focus on women's
      travel needs, experiences and constraints in developing countries;
      The information needed to formulate equitable and effective transport
      policies which take into account gender constraints, experiences and needs;
      and
      Innovative research methods and approaches.

      http://www.gendertransportconf.com/
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