5ème Conférence Internationale sur les Femmes et le Transport - Construire les ponts
14-16 avr. 2014 Paris - La Défense (France)

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The 5th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation

Paris, 14-16 April, 2014


The 5th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation

Paris, 14-16 April, 2014

Amphitheater Apollinaire 2



Hélène Jacquot-Guimbal, IFSTTAR

Bob Skinner, TRB



Chaired by Therese Mc Millan, US DPT (Federal Transit)


Summary of opening and closing sessions:

Opening session (Monday, 14th of April, 02.00-05.00pm)

The opening plenary session will set the stage for the conference themes of  “Bridging the Gap”—in particular the cross cutting topics of addressing gender in transportation research; reducing the mobility gap between developed and developing countries; and translating research results into meaningful transportation public transportation policy, and implementing actions. Historian Francoise Thébaud will open the session with a presentation reflecting her research on gender and how the introduction of the women in her historical research has changed her work in terms of analysis and methodology.  Mrs Roselyne Bachelot will present the challenges she has to meet when including women’s issues in designing sustainable and health policies.  I will then have three panelists—Dr. Sandi Rosenbloom, University of Texas, Austin; Mrs. Roselyn Bachelot, serving three former French Minister positions of Ecology and Sustainable development; Health; and Social Inclusion; and Sophie Tekie, Roads Authority of Namibia—reflect on  Dr. Thebaud’s work, and address the  overarching question:  how much do women’s cultural and societal roles of the past drive our ability to advance our future? In particular, how does governmental and political influences today—and women’s presence in those arenas-- shape that advancement?  Mrs. Bachelot will bring perspectives of the challenge of incorporating gender in public policy; Dr. Rosenbloom and Ms. Tekie will bring similar perspectives of the challenge of gender and policy in both the developed and developing countries and how this overarching question is both framed and addressed—common challenges, unique differences?

Françoise Thébaud, University of Avignon  

Sandra Rosenbloom,The University of Texas at Austin and the Urban Institute

Sophia Tekie, Road Management System, Namibia

Roselyne Bachelot, Former Minister of Ecology and Sustainble developpement (2002-2004)  and Former Minister Of  Health (2007-2010) and Former Minister of Social Inclusion (2010-2012).



WRAP UP (Wednesday, 16th of April, 04.30-06.00 pm)

Chaired by Therese Mc Millan, US DPT (Federal Transit)

The closing plenary session, will knitting together the academic, research, and policy themes of the conference.  

The closing panel will consist of representatives of  research, academia, elected official, government/policy officials, and the private sector.  The session will include two Phd students presenting at the conference highlight the younger generation's perspectives of future roles of women in transportation. The closing session will revisit the overarching question raised in the opening plenary, and panelist will be asked to confirm and/or reframe the question to focus on challenges going forward to advance women’s role and influence in transportation policy.

Catherine Coutelle, Elected official. Députée de la Vienne, Présidente de la Délégation de l’Assemblée nationale aux Droits des femmes et à l’égalité des chances hommes et femmes, élue à Poitiers en charge des transports et présidente de femmes en mouvement  http://www.catherinecoutelle.fr/

Laurie Pickup, Researcher

2 PhD students, Inès Kawgan-Kagan and Muhammad Adeel Yousaf

Lito Achimastos, COLAS

Camelia Ravanbakht, PhD,Deputy Executive Director, Hampton Roads (Virginia) Transportation Planning Organization

Lynn Peterson, Secretary, Washington State Department of Transportation.



BRIDGING THE GAP 1 : GENDER (15th of April 2014/2014-09.00-10.30 am)

Chaired by Ariane Dupont, IFSTTAR

Présentation A.Dupont

This session will address the concept of “gender” as both a key determinant of social relationships and as a key factor to improve knowledge, and policy making. After identifying the definition of gender and how gender analysis can contribute to research in different disciplines, the discussion will investigate how conscious and unconscious gendered representations build social relationships and the role dedicated to women. On this basis, we will be able to better understand the challenges met by women as professionals in the transport sector as well as users of the transportation system. As women, due to the expected role they have to play at home and in society, have a special activity space, planning and development policies have to be shaped to allow the better participation of women to social and economic activities.

Françoise Milewski,  Economiste, Sciences Po sur Présage : Training on gender

Présentation F.Milewski

Sylvie Pouilloux, Psycho-analyste, Gender perception in Society and Work

Présentation S.Pouilloux

Jean Dekindt, porte-parole des employeurs dans le dialogue social sectoriel européen pour le TP urbain et Alain Sutour, président du Comité TP urbain de ETF

Présentation J.Dekindt

Présentation A.Sutour

Silvia Maffii, Managing Director, TRT TRASPORTI E TERRITORIO srl, Transport as a key element for women to participate to social activities and work

Susan Handy, Professor, University of California-Davis, Women activities, location and their mobility patterns

Présentation S.Handy



BRIDGING THE GAP 2: RESEARCH-POLICY (15th of April 2014/2014-01.30-03.00 pm)

Chaired by Janet Oakley

In addressing the inequality between men and women in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels, Governments and other actors should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programmes so that before decisions are taken, an analysis is made of the effects on women and men, respectively.[3]

From the United Nations
Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995

Gender equality and mainstreaming as it relates to transport has been on the world social policy research agenda for decades, but to what extent are the findings from the research being translated into policy development and actual practice.  What challenges and opportunities can hinder or advance the state of the practice? What strategies are needed to aid in transforming decades of research into action? How can policy obligations translate back into a supporting research agenda?  Successful producers of consumer goods relay on a demand-driven approach to successfully respond to markets.  Can the research community use a similar approach to respond to data and information needs to support policy makers and decision making? The objective of this Plenary Session is to explore how research findings are being translated into innovations and advances in policy, governance, service delivery and business practices, and how information to support policy, governance, service delivery and business practices can influence the research agenda.

Areas of Gender and Transport Research:  For example, access to transport choices, affordability, safety and personal security, access to education and health care.

Challenges and Opportunities – For example, funding adequacy and stability; prioritization among competing demands.

Ann Brach, Director, Strategic Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board

Michael Melaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Public Transportation Association

Ann L. Schneider, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation and Chair, National Transportation Freight Advisory Committee

Joan McDonald, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation

Dr. Barbara Lenz, Head of the Institute for Transport Research at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin-Adlershof

Jean-Marc Delion, CEO-General Delegate at RAILENIUM.



BRIDGING THE GAP 3: AMONG COUNTRIES (16th of April 2014/2014-09.00-10.30 am)

Chaired by Stephen Perkins

The session will bring perspectives from contrasting economies on core gender issues of access to transport services under safe and secure conditions. The extent of convergence and divergence in the policies indicated to address gender issues in regions of different average income level will be explored, with an emphasis on data requirements for evidence-based policy making.

Patricia Hu, BTS data and measuring investment for gender oriented transport policy

Présentation P.Hu

Geetam Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Safety, Security, urban design and infrastructure investment

Présentation G.Tiwari

Ricky Twyford, Inspector, British Transport Policy: Security, safety and gender in public transport and public spaces

Présentation R.Twyford

Veronica Raffo, World Bank, Latin America and Caribbean Region

Présentation V.Raffo

Socheata Sann, HIB Cambodia, Road Safety and gender in South East Asia

Présentation S.Sann



TRANSPORT EQUITY TEA (Tuesday, 15th of April, 03.30-04.30 pm)

The TEA Action, analyzing how transport policy differentially affects the users by using both vertical and horizontal equity perspectives, pays a special attention to gender issues. The TEA Action roundtable is a milestone for the TEA Cost Action and will contribute to consolidate transport equity approach and gender equity indicators.

Chaired by Floridea Di Ciommo

Introduction: Ariane Dupont "Bridging the link between WiIT and TEA Action"

Présentation A.Dupont


Karen Lucas,ITS-Leeds University: "The equity in transport: a key point for transport inclusive policies?"

Présentation K.Lucas

Maria Pilar-Machancoses, Centro, UK: "Local UK Authorities perspective for embedding equity in transport policies"

Présentation M.Pilar-Machancoses

Rebecca Shliselberg, civil society side, (Transportation Engineering and Planning): "Spatial justice and transport"

Présentation R.Shliselberg

Ioana Adamescu, DG research, EU: "Responsiveness and Inclusiveness of the Transport System -the Gender Dimension"

Présentation I.Adamescu



TRANSPORTATION PROFESSIONS SESSION (Wednesday, 16th of April, 03.30-04.30 pm)

Chaired by Marsha Anderson Bomar

Katy Ware, Head of International Maritime Co-ordination – Permanent Representative of the UK to the IMO

Katie Turnbull, Executive Associate Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Director, Transportation Economics Center and Past chair of TRB Technical Activities Council

Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs.

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