Public transport is the backbone of cities. It impacts the daily lives of all of its users. For many women in these cities it is their sole access to education, employment and healthcare. Therefore active participation in society is dependent on the safe usage of public transport. As the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable modes of transport, UITP is determined that we must do better.
In January UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank to collaborate on the safety and security of women in public transport – and to advance the achievement of common objectives. As part of a panel session, titled ‘Transport is not Gender Neutral’, UITP and the World Bank released a video to highlight the issues women face on public transport every day and their basic need to feel safe.
In order to make these issues known to a wider audience, on Thursday 8 March an updated version of our video will feature on screens in train, metro, tram and subway stations across the world. Watch the video here!
For International Women’s Day (Thursday 8 March 2018) UITP has decided to use our platform at IT-TRANS International Conference and Exhibition (6 – 8 March 2018) to do our part in addressing this issue. Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani and from World Bank, Karla González, Global responsible for Gender and the Practice Manager for South Asia Region at the Transport and Digital Development Division of the World Bank, officially launched the campaign together at the UITP stand, explaining why gender equaity in public transport is so important for all.
Our panel sessions in Karlsruhe feature many powerful women, from across the world and all walks of life, who have joined with us to stand up and make a difference.
UITP sat down with them to speak about the issues women are facing on public transport. They shared their thoughts, hopes and dreams for the next generation; what safe access to public transport means to them, what their experience has been as a public transport user and what must be done to make public transport safe for women across the world. We’d like to share their thoughts with you here:
"We are learning in the World Bank, that transport is not gender neutral. Tha the challenges tt women are facing in transport are different than the ones that men are facing in transport. And therefore, what we want from this campaign is precisely to ensure that we are looking for solutions."
Global responsible for Gender and the Practice Manager for South Asia Region at the Transport and Digital Development Division of the World Bank
"At Keolis, Gender Equality is not a matter of improving statistics, but about developing a culture of inclusion and embracing diversities across all our subsidiaries."
Learning & Development Group Director and General Manager of Keolis Institute at Keolis
“Mobility is how we humans define freedom. When we are free to move from A to B, then we perceive ourselves as free. Women have not been free to move as they pleased for centuries and their mobility has been restricted. This is changing in modern times but not fast enough - there are still parts of the world where women cannot travel unless their spouse approves and signs. Women and men are equal and should have equal access to mobility. Everyone should feel safe and secure at all times and in all places. By enhancing the intelligence and user perspective of transport systems, we envisage a smarter, safer world for women. In ERTICO - ITS Europe, and through its collaboration platforms, like the MaaS Alliance, we work on advancing smart mobility and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). We place great emphasis on engaging professional women in our activities so that all users can profit from women’s point of view on the transport system.”
Senior Manager – Clean & Urban Mobility/MaaS Alliance Coordinator
"It should be the same in any part of the world. The women are in evidence. In some places there are segregated space to them in others they are using the public transportation with everybody. In any of them, I´m sure, there is a woman being physically or morally attacked now. There is no more space to the disrespect to the women. Let´s make our campaigns with a point of view from a woman, because women oversee the world. Women are in charge! Let’s construct a new Public Transport with the view of the women! Women know what woman want! #WK3W Let’s do it together. #PT4ME.”
Coordinator of Centre of Innovation and Partnerships
Empressa Metropolitana de Transportes Urbanos de Sao Paolo- EMTU/SP
“Transport is one of several sectors that have traditionally been considered as “no place for women”, often I’m the only women in the room. This give me a sense of deep frustration and at the same time gives me the need of changing the world kind of think. The need of include gender issues into all aspect of transport is urgent and can bring in the sector wider vision, enhanced innovation, increase profitability. Design gender mobility plan will provide better service and will growth the number of customers. What we can do to take women to the top of transport sector? Among the many others, the most important points are mentoring and cultural changing. Because what the data shows is that success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. In addition man in the sector have informal mentoring that allow them to stay in workforce and to advance in career. Diversity management increase innovation. Women4PT and PT4women.”
Stefania Di Serio
Strategic Partnership Manager
“Mass transit represents a critical component of the future of smart of cities. Diverse backgrounds, ideas and perspectives will continue to push the boundaries of what mass transit can do for cities around the world and I am proud and excited to be part of this collective group working on such a key driver of innovation.”
Product Initiatives Manager
“Digitalisation is the key for the new smart cities with multimodal mobility. As managing director of KMK I am proud to host IT-TRANS - an internationally leading exhibition and conference on intelligent urban transport systems, where experts from around the world discuss, among other topics, security and safety systems and how we can make public transport safer. This is an important topic because probably more women would use public transport then.”
""Kofi Annan said 'Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.' Transit has a unique responsibility in this. Creating access to transportation that is safe and equitable, giving all riders the ability to connect their home community to the communities of the opportunities they seek. This is our goal, and equality is the foundation."
Director of Revenue Operations and Electronic Fares
“In several countries, we are seeing more and more “women-only transport” as a way of enhancing the safety and security of women in public transportation. I would say that this is the wrong approach, because it makes women more invisible. Women need to be more visible in public transport by claiming our space as passengers, as drivers, as controllers etc. Only by making sure that women are being seen as an equal part of the public transportation space can we ensure that women’s experience of public transportation remains positive.”
Assistant Director- HASTUS OnDemand Integration
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