Gender equality prioritised in transport development Posted: Aug 03,2012
Transport sector officials from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, along with development partners and staff from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), gathered in Hanoi from July 24-26 to discuss promoting gender equality through effective design and implementation of transport projects.
At the three-day Mekong Gender and Transport Workshop, participants from across the Mekong sub-region have exchanged practical knowledge on how gender has been successfully addressed in projects, share experiences of ensuring transport systems are inclusive and accessible for all people , and discuss gender issues in different modes of transport and how to overcome challenges.
The participants had a chance to raise awareness about how transport projects could empower women by expanding access to services, income and employment opportunities, and social interaction.
. “Too often transport projects are assumed to be gender neutral. Proactive steps need to be taken to ensure that projects respond to women’s different mobility needs as transport users, and their priorities must be heard in transport sector planning and policy”, said Andrew Head, ADB Deputy Country Director for Vietnam
According to Michael Wilson, AusAID’s Mekong and Regional Minister-Counsellor, from the way land acquisition is undertaken through to the changes in economic activity – loss of livelihoods and new livelihood opportunities - that result from transport projects, the interests of women must be front and centre if negative impacts on communities are to be minimized and new opportunities maximized.
ADB’s long-term strategic framework, Strategy 2020, places gender equity as one of five drivers of change to achieve an Asia and Pacific region free of poverty, while support for transport sector development is an important priority for both ADB and AusAID in the Mekong sub-region.-VNA.
With the support of the World Bank, the Vietnam Women’s Union recently is piloting some activities in the field of transport. Within the project “Ethnic women’s participation in maintaining rural roads” implemented in Lao Cai province in phase I, local women participated in clearing wild weed along the road sides to ensure the road view, protecting road surface and repairing small holes on the road. To the success gained in phase I, the project in phase 2, financed by DFID, is expanded to other two provinces of Quang Binh and Thanh Hoa. The project has proved the effective participation of women in a male-dominated area.
Edited by Int’l Relations Dept, VWU (Source: Vietnamplus)