The UN Sustainable Development Goals pay specific attention to gender equity and its role in determining greater inclusion of and safety and opportunities for women.
Why does it matter
Women and girls experience mobility and moving in public space, differently from men and boys. For decades transport planning has limited itself to designing transport systems that organise networks with a more quantitative view to data collection. This fails to take into account the qualitative experiences that influence individual mobility choices. A greater understanding of women’s travel patterns and preferences creates a more inclusive picture of how everyone travels, including children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. When a diverse approach is employed that also considers the inclusion of underrepresented groups, particularly people of colour, then the resulting analysis has a greater reflection of the needs, wants, and behaviours of everyone. Gender data helps to address historically overlooked behaviours to enable more inclusive mobility.
Read more in this article by WMW Ambassador Melissa Bruntlett: Why Gender Data Matters