5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation - Bridging the Gap
14-16 Apr 2014 Paris - La Défense (France)

Themes and topics > Pillars

Each pillar will be organized according to 3 topics:

  • Gender Research Issues;

  • Achieving the Full Traction of Research findings into Policy Making;

  • Narrowing the gap between Developed Countries and Developing Countries with respect to women’s issues in transportation. 

1) Transport policy, transport patterns and mobility

Chair: Maryvonne Plessis-Fraissard (MPF Consult)

This Pillar refers to the gender impact of transport policies and regulatory frameworks, as they frame the sector research, investment and service delivery. Understanding transport patterns and mobility is fundamental to the creation of evidence-based, gender-sensitive policies. Women’s socio economic conditions, mobility patterns and special needs vary widely across and within countries. Appropriate knowledge, monitoring and evaluation, incentives, regulations, and remedies are core elements of gender-sensitive transport policies, equally serving women and men. Ideally, policies should be designed to provide an enabling environment for a fair share of the mobility benefit and of the sector wealth participation between women and men. The design and implementation of successful policies would benefit greatly from sharing the experiences of countries across the globe.

2) Health, Safety & Security

Chair: Marie-Axelle Granié (IFSTTAR)

Key question of this pillar relates to gendering of transport safety, health and security issues, policy making and gaps between low, medium and high income countries. Papers are expected on influence of gender on type of crashes women and men are involved in, type of injuries they are confronted with, consequences of transport on their health and well-being, attitudes and behaviors they have concerning transport safety and security. On these different topics, papers could also analyze if and how can policies concerning safety, security and health take gender differences and specificities into account. Furthermore, papers are expected on cultural, economic and geographical effects on gender safety, security and health on transportation. In particular, papers dealing with transfer possibilities and issues of best practices concerning gender equalities in safety, security and health in transportation from one country to another are welcome.

3) Sustainability 

Chair: Owen Waygood (Université Laval)

The three pillars of sustainability relate to economic, societal, and environmental considerations. Further, while one country may be working to make their transportation more environmentally sustainable, another may need to prioritize economic or social sustainability. As well, changes to the built environment (land-use and transportation infrastructure) to improve one aspect may negatively affect another. Within those three areas is an enormous set of issues that could affect the genders differently; this research pillar requests work on such important topics.

4) Transportation impacts on careers and careers impacts on transportation

Chair: Reinhard Gressel (IFSTTAR)

Work and mobility co-exist and overlap at different scales which can be classified as follows:

1/ Nearly everyone commuting in order to go to work in the morning and coming back home in the evening; 2/ An increasing part of the working population who are mobile professionals, that means they have to move during their work because their activity has to be carried out in variable places for "Customers"; 3/ Transport professionals who are working in itinerant ore sedentary jobs producing mobility for people or goods.

Women's specificity related to work and occupation has been described on many occasions. All these issues can be found questioning professional activities (or any wealth creating activity) in relationship with transport and mobility. They are obvious when jobs are overwhelmingly dominated by men.

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