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Making Transportation Options Safer for Women

A post by the World Band surveys efforts around the world to mainstream gender on public transport—an effort challenged substantially by continued risks to the safety of women.
January 18, 2015, 7am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Priyali Sur begins a post on the subject of women's safety in transportation by citing the example of India, where "[every] 51 minutes, a woman faces harassment or assault in India’s public spaces, according to a 2011," making transportation a particularly unsafe option for many women.

"Yet India isn’t the only country that has historically overlooked the critical need of mainstreaming gender in public transport—apart from a few odd localized projects. Far from it," explains Sur, before surveying a number of surveys and studies (some by the World Bank, in fact) of women and transportation in locations like India, China, Peru, Colombia, and Vietnam.

The article goes on to describe some of the planning, design, and tech considerations that cities and countries can implement to ensure the safety of women facing unique transportation challenges, depending on where they live.

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Published on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in The World Bank
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