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Title

Women's travel and participation in regional transport systems

Fishbowl session

Session

Time

22 May

Time

11:00 to 12:30

Location

Hall 3, Level +1

Travel patterns of women differ from those of men in developed and developing countries alike, and in both rural and urban areas. These differences are evident in modal choice, time of travel, trip purpose, routes, trip chains, and travel distance. These distinctions stem from systemic differences in access to resources, household responsibilities, travel preferences, safety concerns, and social norms surrounding mobility for women. As a result, women experience unique time and resource constraints with respect to their travel activities. They also face safety and security issues that are more acute and pervasive than for men. Socio-economic gender disparities tend to be self-reinforcing, as mobility itself provides access to sources of income, education, healthcare, and other opportunities. A better understanding of women’s travel patterns can inform transport planning and policies which enhance connectivity for women and help them reap the social and economic benefits associated with it. This session will examine gender-specific aspects of mobility.

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Lead questions:

 

  • What economic and social benefits will improved mobility for women bring?
  • What actions should be prioritised to improve the mobility needs of women in developed countries?
  • What actions should be prioritised to enhance mobility for women in less developed economies?

 

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Women's travel and participation in regional transport systems

Women's travel and participation in regional transport systems