Closing the Gender Data Gap
Transport is not gender neutral. Women’s mobility behavior differs greatly from that of men: on average, women walk more often and use public transport more, while men resort to the car more often. In doing so, women face the risk of (sexual) harassment and other forms of violence. Women have more diverse mobility needs and represent the largest share of public transport users worldwide. Yet, there are no robust data analyses on women’s mobility patterns and transportation needs. There is an urgent need to close the gender data gap to ensure that transportation planning, design, operations, and user experience are inclusive. As part of the Women Mobilize Women initiative, ground data sets are being collected, analyzed, and policy recommendations developed in 3 selected cities.
The objective is to map out gender-specific needs and mobility patterns in these cities. The focus of the data collection will be on indications of mobility patterns, means of transport, mobility needs and limitations, as well as perceptions of existing mobility services and infrastructure. On behalf of WMW, WhereIsMyTransport Ltd. and Groots are conducting multi-layered data collections in the African pilot cities. The data collection includes online surveys, in-field surveys, ride-alongs, workshops and ground data collections with local shop owners.
Interim results and initial data analyses are expected to be shared by mid-2022.