World Bank’s flagship Gender Toolkit launched

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World Bank’s flagship Gender Toolkit launched

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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