World Bank’s flagship Gender Toolkit launched
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The World Bank launched the 'Toolkit on Enabling Gender-Responsive Urban Mobility and Public Spaces in India' on 8 December.
The toolkit was launched at a session organised by the World Bank and the Chennai Urban Metropolitan Transport Authority in Chennai.
About Gender Toolkit
The toolkit from World Bank contains practical tools that can inform a wide set of policymakers as well as private or community-based organisations to help ensure safe and inclusive public transport for women in India.
It aims to guide Indian cities on how to design public transport that is more inclusive of women's travel needs.
It aims to spotlight gender issues surrounding mobility and city design.
It recommends integrating gender equality into new and existing transport policies and plans.
It also talks for increasing representation of women in decision making in key institutions such as urban local bodies and public transport authorities.
The continued poor representation of women as frontline workers in public transport reinforces the perception that women feel unsafe in public transport.
Background of the toolkit
The toolkit has been designed in response to a 2019 World Bank-supported survey of 6,048 respondents in Mumbai.
This survey found that between 2004 and 2019, men shifted to two-wheelers to commute to work, while women used auto-rickshaws or taxies, which tend to be more costly (per trip) than two wheelers.
India has amongst the lowest female labour force participation rates globally, at 22.8 per cent in 2019-20.
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