UN Women and World Bank launch course on gender equality in transportation
5 March 2021
Open-access online training programme empowers
users to apply solutions to gender inequality and raise awareness
NEW YORK, 5 MAR 2021
A first-of-its-kind course by UN Women and the World Bank examines the
often-invisible gender issues surrounding mobility in the transport
Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
transportation, and to jobs in the transport sector, mean diminished mobility
and fewer opportunities for women. Limited access to jobs, health care and
education is bad for everyone – women, girls and whole countries. Gendered
mobility barriers take a significant toll on countries’ economic growth
potential. A 2017 report by the International Labour Organization identifies a
lack of transport as the greatest challenge to women’s labour force
participation in developing countries – it lowers the probability of their
participation by an estimated 16.5 per cent.
The COVID-19 crisis
has made gender-related access issues even more urgent. As national and local governments
revisit transport systems to make them more resilient and green, there is an
increased focus on public transport, walking and cycling—already some of the
most important modes of transportation for women. Failure to include women’s
needs and voices in these plans is a missed opportunity to build back better.
The new course, Gender Equality in Transportation, moves us away from ‘gender-blind’ transport planning, which
does not consider the mobility needs of its diverse range of users, particularly
women and girls. It also looks at strategies that planners can use to address the
difficulties women face in getting jobs and climbing the career ladder in
transport, a sector dominated by men.
course highlights the importance of approaching transport through a gender lens.
It proposes practical solutions for enhancing inclusion and equality across the
sector, balancing questions
on ‘why’ this is vital with operational questions on ‘how ’we can do this. The new training course also offers examples
of concrete interventions designed to support the shift toward greater gender
equality in transport.
This course was
jointly prepared by the UN Women Training Centre, UN Women’s Safe Cities and
Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative, and the World Bank’s Transport Global
Practice and Open Learning Campus.
benefitted from funding from the Republic of Korea, specifically the country’ Ministry
Economy and Finance under the OLC’s Korea Programme for Operational Knowledge.
How to sign up:
sign up for the course.