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Advancing Gender Equity in Urban Mobility Planning: A Comparative Case Study

Traditional urban transport planning is based on the average daily movement pattern of an able-bodied man who commutes by car from his home to his workplace and back during rush hour. This traditional approach fails to address more complex movement patterns and the mobility behavior and requirements of under-represented groups such as children, women, and people with disabilities. To date, this bias is visible in transport systems globally.

Women with bicycles standing in a group, listening to an instructor. The phot is taken over the instructor's shoulder.

Never underestimate the power of building community

TandEm is a cycling program that aims to bridge the gender gap in cycling. EIT Urban Mobility and BYCS lead the program that trains women to become cycling trainers. The name of the program, TandEm, stands for “Training and Empowerment”. Laura Puttkamer talks to Daniela Abril Gutierrez and Alex Baum from BYCS

Group photo Egre Menged Impact Event

Empowering Ethiopian Women Through Cycling

Transport Situation in Africa’s Second Most Populated Country Like most metropolises, Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, is an overcrowded, dense, and…
Walk21 Session on Gender and Walkability, Kigali, Rwanda 2023

Gender Dynamics of Walkability

In many cities around the world, especially women perceive walking alone at night as unsafe. A study by Istat revealed that 36.6% of women in Italy refrain from going out at night due to fear, underscoring a critical issue that needs attention. This article sheds light on vital steps to make walkable cities a reality for all residents, regardless of their gender.

Senator Crystal Asige speaking at the TUMI Conference 2023

Designing infrastructure to empower people with disabilities 

Crystal Asige, a singer-songwriter, champion for disability rights, and trailblazing member of the Kenyan Senate, gave a thought-provoking speech at the TUMI2023 Conference. She shared her personal journey with glaucoma and her experience as a young, African, female politician and artist with a disability. The Senator tirelessly advocates for people with disabilities, aiming to challenge societal norms, promote understanding, and pave the way towards a more inclusive future.  

Robin Chase giving a keynote speech at the TUMI Conference 2023

Keynote by Robin Chase “About Women, All of Us”

Discover the remarkable journey of Robin Chase, a trailblazing transportation entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionize sustainable transportation. With her extensive experience and (co-)founding of various companies, Robin Chase has become a true leader in her field. In this extraordinary keynote speech, she delves into her own experiences, challenges stereotypes and generalizations about women, and reflects on the inception of Women Mobilize Women at TUMI’s 2018 conference. Calling all feminist thinkers in the transport sector, Robin Chase’s insightful words are sure to leave you inspired.

Girls waiting for school bus in Africa

Leveraging Digital Tools and Data for more Feminist Transport Systems in Africa

Urbanization in Africa is rapidly increasing. Mobility needs are mainly catered for by poorly regulated popular transport services. Gender-specific needs are rarely considered in public transport due, in large part, to a lack of data. In developing and emerging markets, where mobility data is already hard to come by, obtaining gender-disaggregated data is even more challenging. City officials and planners need this data to optimize routes, plan integrated systems and impose equitable policies. The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) commissioned WhereIsMyTransport to roll out one of Africa’s first systematic large-scale gender-sensitive data collection exercises around women’s experiences in the public transport sector.

Female bus drivers in Bogotá, Colombia

How to create gender-inclusive transport: Lessons from around the world

The Sustainable Transport Award (STA) is an honor in the world of sustainable mobility. What lessons do previous winners and nominees hold for empowering women in transport and for transforming the mobility sector towards more gender inclusivity? This article will highlight key ideas for gender-inclusive transport from previous winners, ranging from travel safety, targeted interventions on bus systems, citizen engagement, and gender-disaggregated data.

TUMI Conference 2023 - Remarkable Feminist Voices in Transport

TUMI Conference 2023: Feminist voices in transport take center stage

To have a conference day filled with women speakers is an important indication of the number of strong leaders that are already working hard to enhance gender equity in mobility. The hard work now is to keep building on that momentum, to get us to a place where women in mobility is no longer remarkable–it is just evidence of a sector that works for everyone.

Remarkable Feminist Voices Award Ceremony by Women Mobilize Women 2023

Love letters to our cities: Recapping a remarkable week in Berlin

When the planning for a high-level Women Mobilize Women study tour in Berlin began in late September 2022, no one on the team could have envisioned how it would come together. The goal seemed simple: bring highly influential women from around the world, particularly those based in the Global South , together in one room for an incredible opportunity for intergenerational and intercontinental  learning. At a time where the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has stated its priorities for feminist development policy, this was the ideal moment.

Towards Safe and Empowering Streets and Public Transport Systems for Women and Girls in Latin America

Personal safety on streets and public transport is one of the main barriers women and girls face in accessing important services such as health care, education and other economic opportunities. This blog is shaped by my personal experience as a young Mexican woman who relies on walking, cycling and public transport. It looks at the importance of women’s advocacy and participation towards more inclusive and sustainable transportation systems that ensure their right to the city in Latin America.

Women in the street

Women’s Role in Climate Resilient Development

Women make up one of the groups most vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather conditions brought on by climate change. That’s why any mitigation efforts need to consider their unique needs, as well as those of other marginalized groups, such as youth, ethnic minorities, and Indigenous populations. But what does a gender responsive approach to climate resilient development look like exactly?

We stand with all women and oppressed communities to fight for their rights, self-determination and independence.

Women’s rights, self-determination and independence

Some may claim that we are at an all-time high in gender equality. However, in recent weeks we have seen dramatic cuts in women’s rights, clearly questioning the progress in gender equality that our mothers and sisters have fought for.

Women in bus

Addressing Sexual Harassment on Transport starts with Prioritizing it

This blog post is part II of the blog series on Awaress, Advocacy, and the role of data in addressing sexual harassment on Public Transport. Read part I now: Awareness, Advocacy, and the role of data in addressing sexual harassment on Public Transport – WomenMobilizeWomen

Entering subway

Awareness, Advocacy, and the role of data in addressing sexual harassment on Public Transport

At this point in history, it is no secret that when moving in public spaces women experience high rates of sexual harassment. The personal accounts by women globally have led to the realisation that something needs to be done – at least among women’s organisations focused on improving the quality of the experience in the built environment for women and non-binary and transgender individuals.

Girls cycling

Freedom to Move: How cycling helps enable more inclusive transport

For most of the 21st century, cities around the world have embraced a resurgence in the power of cycling to move people in sustainable and active ways. However, with infrastructure often slow to catch up to the need, the image of cycling has tended to appear difficult, athletic, and more suited to men.

The 15-minute city: A Feminist Utopia?

New Publication: The 15-Minute City – A Feminist Utopia?

To realize the positive intersection of feminism and the 15-minute city, concrete and inclusive land-use and mobility policies are necessary. The explosion of interest in the concept of the 15-minute city among many urbanist planners and advocates can be explained in its more human-scale proposition for how cities should be planned.

#ElectricWomen nominations have closed

Women will revolutionize the electric vehicle sector. Our #ElectricWomen nominations have closed! We have received 81 total nominations. As we…

Overcoming barriers to women’s mobility

Authors:Krishna Desai, Shirish Mahendru, Andrea Bluemel The original article was published by Krishna Desai on LinkedIn. Background The SDG 5 and 11…

Women for human-centered urban planning

How Jane Jacobs stood up against male-dominated, car-centered city planning  Author: TUMI It’s almost impossible to imagine New York City without the…

The male city

Many cities are built by men for their needs: The main concern is to get to work efficiently. Bad luck for anyone with a stroller, shopping bags or a wheelchair. Is that the way it has to be?

The views and opinions expressed in the blog articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Women Mobilize Women