Gender on the Agenda: why transport isn't gender neutral

Webinar: 12.00 - 13.15

8 Sep 2021


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Why do we need an event series on gender, transport and planning? Many colleagues, both male and female, have asked me: what is not gender-friendly about transport? We are all simply human beings trying to get around… aren’t we?

Not at all. It is well documented that gender impacts women’s mobility choices and that transport services are incorrectly assumed to be gender-neutral. As a sector, we have a responsibility to respond to and overcome these challenges to create better transport systems that are accessible, safe and attractive for all users.

Women are more likely than men to trip chain, use the bus and make short, local journeys. It is important to look beyond the traditional focus on facilitating commuting in and out of cities.

This free webinar, the inaugural event in an important new series, will explore:

  • Why isn’t transport gender neutral? What needs to change?
  • How can we better understand gender related travel trends, patterns and needs
  • The policy background: decarbonisation, active travel, public health, accessibility and inclusion
  • Gender mainstreaming in public policy
  • Safety for women and girls

Frances McAndrew, Group Head of Inclusion and Responsibility, Mott MacDonald


Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, Professor of Urban Planning and UNESCO Chair, Gender, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Tiffany Lam,  author of Towards Gender-Inclusive and Sustainable Transport Systems

Laura Shoaf, Interim Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority and Chair, Urban Transport Group

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