How can we fix the problem of bias in transport?

Journalist, Laura Laker, has investigated the problem of bias in transport - particularly in the UK. In this article, she finds that women’s experience of travel isn’t being considered when transport systems are planned:

  • In Sweden, women walk, cycle and use public transport more than men. During winter three times more pedestrians were being injured because of icy roads than people in cars - so these were mostly women.
  • In England, a third more women travelled by bus than men. And the opposite is true for trains. Much more money is spent by government on trains compared to buses.
  • In the UK just one woman cycles regularly compared with three men – some people think this is because of a lack of safe cycle routes.
  • The chair of the Women's Equality Network found that in the UK, “30% of women have no access to a car, particularly during the working day, because either they can’t afford one or the family car is used by their partner for work”. This means women have to seek lower-paid work that is local.


In the comments below, answer either or both of the these questions:

Have you seen evidence of gender bias in transport in your country?

Focus on either an example of a problem from your country, or one of the examples above. Can you think of ONE idea that could help fix that problem?

Comments (68)

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    I am proud of my country that if there is a woman who uses public transportation, she has priority in sitting on the seats and the same is the case for the elderly and children and this is something that always makes me proud to belong to this place

    1. British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      willing_imagination's comment 28 Mar 2022

      We are sharing the same good manners and attitude willing_ imagination ..I rarely remember that there is abias in transport in my country .!!! On the contrary, young men often get off the means of transportation so that awoman or agirl can ride when she cannot find someone to lift her

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        genius_gazelle's comment 31 Mar 2022

        Yes, my friend, we share good behavior to show our best.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    I remember one of the situations when I was on the bus with my mother. There was an old woman who was carrying some things in her hands and she couldn't get on, so one of the young passengers got off and took her things on her and left her a place to sit in. This drew a big smile on her face and made her very happy.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Mar 2022

    The most important thing that can be said about bias in transportation in my country is the way men sit in public transportation, so men open their legs in the seats to the point of touching them without taking into account the space required for those sitting next to them, and without taking into account leaving space for women to take their freedom to ride the means of transportation...

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      aware_painting's comment 26 Mar 2022

      This is really annoying and it's a kind of prejudice to the point of selfishness on the part of the man.

      1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
        willing_imagination's comment 29 Mar 2022

        In some countries, what you are describing is called "manspreading".

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          James @ KPMG's comment 30 Mar 2022

          How is that (reading man) Do you mean that what a man does is right and worth everything?

          1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
            willing_imagination's comment 30 Mar 2022

            I do not think that it is right. I am primarily simply telling you what it is called.

            1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
              James @ KPMG's comment 31 Mar 2022

              Yes, it is true that a man always considers himself first.

              1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
                willing_imagination's comment 01 Apr 2022

                Is this true for every man?

                1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
                  Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Apr 2022

                  I am not saying that everyone is like this, but I think that the majority consider themselves as such.

                  1. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
                    willing_imagination's comment 05 Apr 2022

                    Yes, the majority of men think that they are first, even though the role of women in this life is greater than theirs

                    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
                      fabulous_flight's comment 06 Apr 2022

                      Everyone has a role to play and everyone has their place, but most men do not accept the idea of ​​women's superiority.

  • British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    Well, the truth is that I haven't seen any evidence of gender bias in transport in my country. In many Nigerian homes, there is availability of two or more cars such that both the woman and the man each have a car to use when going out for one reason or the other. In other instances where there is only one car per home, then they both share it evenly. Some households have it that for a whole day, the car is the man's while for the rest of the next, it is for the woman. Other households are able to use that single car together (the woman may drop off the man and continue to where she is going or vice-versa). Thus, I believe (though I am open to corrections) that there is not a single problem of bias in transport in my country, Nigeria.

  • British Council.jpg openminded_beetle | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    The issue of prejudice and discrimination when it comes to transport is justified. Have you ever asked yourself, the statistics of female pilots to male pilots,well if you have you find out that International female flight Attendant are 22% and International male attendants are 73% even in most movies you watch, Air plane pilots are more of male than the female TRUE OR FALSE, but in a real life situation, male air-plane Pilots are 86% than to the females who are 3% according to the internet.
    In Nigeria, the 2012 Gender Report shows that female constitute 49% of UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FIELD OF AVIATION which is in Kogi State,Nigeria which is Gender Bias and was reported by Emmanuel O. Okon and Shaibu H. Richard.The issue here is how to eradicate discrimination because people look at a female air plane pilots as ''NOT FIT" which is bias towards the female gender and I openminded_beetle would proffer solutions to prevent bias in transport. Firstly, there should be creation of awareness to help the development of skill of the female gender and establishment of high facilitated institutions for Aviation and the government should ensure equity in the segregation of jobs in the aspect of transportation, more trained female personnel's should be Air plane pilots, Ground Operations Superintendents and Airline Captains equally and not only the men. The government should realise that it is important that a woman should be involved in the transportation sector and not only in the transportation sector but in many jobs as well and I'd like to share a notable female pilot who pursued her dreams, her name is Chinyere Kalu, MFR (née Onyenucheya) who is the first Nigerian female commercial pilot and the first woman to fly an aircraft in Nigeria,women should be able pursue their dreams and learnt to be courageous like Chinyere kalu who was not scared in pursuing her dreams.''STOP THE BIAS!!!''.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      openminded_beetle's comment 26 Mar 2022

      I believe that women have become able to go into the airspace just like men, so it is necessary to provide the occasion for her in this to show her ingenuity in driving, even if it is aircraft.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    Most women are not allowed to drive because it is believed that women are only restricted to doing particular things like cooking and performing house chores. In Saudi Arabia women where not allowed to drive which left them no choice but to follow public transport and walk. I know of a lady who was walking on the road one day she could not drive because she was a house wife and was restricted from driving by her husband. She reached the zebra crossing and was about to cross she then a car to was approaching, she almost got hit by a car. I honestly feel like the solution to this problem is that rules and regulations should be created to enable all women who feel the need of driving would be able to drive.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      diligent_library's comment 26 Mar 2022

      I am proud of my country that they allow women to have a driver's license and to be able to ride in a car whenever they want.

      1. British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        willing_imagination's comment 05 Apr 2022

        Yes, it is true, but it faces some prejudice when a car accident occurs, and they say who gave this woman a driver's license, and that is to underestimate her

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          fabulous_flight's comment 06 Apr 2022

          Believe me, even if there was no accident, most men when they see women behind the wheel of a car get ridiculed and mocked at the woman I don't know why? This woman is the half in society and can walk by your side to achieve the desired together.

  • British Council.jpg crafty_cockatoo | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    From this problem "In England, a third more women travelled by bus than men. And the opposite is true for trains. Much more money is spent by government on trains compared to buses."
    My idea that I think could solve this problem is that women should also be seen often behind the wheels of the bus not just men, so that other women could see that their fellow woman is behind the wheels That she is also cable of controlling a bus. It will make them feel among, and not just a place dominated by men, but could also be a woman's terrain.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      crafty_cockatoo's comment 26 Mar 2022

      What do you mean, my friend, the topography of the woman? Can you explain more, please?

  • British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    25 Mar 2022

    My Question is;
    Is it possible to eradicate or reduce bias based on transportation. If yes, pls explain why in order to clear my doubt.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      affable_atmosphere's comment 26 Mar 2022

      Yes, it is possible, and I suggest that places be allocated for women and other places for men, and none of them has the right to sit in the place of the other except in emergency cases only.

      1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
        willing_imagination's comment 28 Mar 2022

        Why would this be needed, willing_imagination?

        1. British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
          Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 30 Mar 2022

          I think that such an idea isn't rational at all. Rather than contributing to solving the problem of gender bias, it reinforces the idea and paints the mental picture that there is an unbridgeable chasm between males and females.

          1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
            motivated_camel's comment 01 Apr 2022

            That may be true but we are trying to come up with suggestions to help solve the problem

        2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2022

          Because some men do not accept the woman sitting in their places and does not leave the place for her, but when the places are allocated, he will accept the matter and consider it a normal matter, so when things are imposed on us, we accept them more than they are voluntary

          1. British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            willing_imagination's comment 04 Apr 2022

            If that is actually the problem, don't you think that a better solution to this problem would be for the government to make it clear that no sitting place such as bus stops are to be allocated to any gender at all. This will guarantee that neither men nor women have the right too deprive the other gender of their rights.

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    25 Mar 2022

    Women with disabilities are always facing all sorts of discrimination in transport which makes them feel left alone but when it comes to a man, they will be given all gratitude and respect and even charge less than the normal transport fee. The following are different types of disabilities women have and how they affect women here in our country Kenya.

    1) Blind people lose their vision and can't understand almost everything happening around them. Corn men in Kenya take advantage of blind women in transport by charging them more. The bias can be broken by giving blind people caregivers or nurses to guide them even in the house.

    2) You cannot speak if you don't have a sound coming from your mouth and that's called being deaf. Deaf women can be done the following because of their gender and disability. a) They can be ignored by other men on the bus and be charged more. b) They can drop the person at the wrong destination because of the wrong understanding. This bias can be broken because women are also humans and should be understood just like men.

    3) If you don't have enough melanin under your skin you are likely to become an albino. This type of person has very light skin and is more likely to suffer sunburn than white people. I once saw a woman (albino) waiting for a bus and it came but it was a double-decker bus with the upper part open. Lots of men were in the lower section and a few women and when she told a man to go up so that she can sit there because of the sun, the man refused but a kind woman allowed to give a sit to her.

    I just have a question, How can we break the bias in point no. 3?

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      rational_grape's comment 29 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments, rational_grape.

      On 1, something that a Government can do to help blind people is to have notes and coins of different shapes and sizes. Blind people can then use the sense of touch to know how much money they have. Of course, this helps both women and men, and not only with bus fares.
      On 2.A person who can't speak is called "dumb" or (preferably, since dumb has come to mean stupid when this is simply not the case) mute. Many deaf people can talk, but not all.

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    In my country, there is another man over his woman and vice versa And the means of transportation, whether "taxi" or "bus".
    💕😚

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    25 Mar 2022

    In my country, we use public transportation, and priority is given to women, children and the elderly to sit on the seats. In fact, not all women enjoy using their own car to transport them to work. Some solutions can be provided for this by having her husband drive her to her place of work or deliver her to a public transport while she completes her way or she goes to work with Her colleagues if she is close to her and owns a car of her own

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    26 Mar 2022

    In my country there is really no evident bias in the transport system rather there are visible efforts of trying to make women active in transport. For example there is a popular transport system in my country known as 'Bolt' which is just like Uber and in their system of employment women make up to 5 percent of drivers which is really encouraging. My aunt who finished studies applied and got a job with them so for me it is evident that the issue of transport bias is not common here.

  • British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    We are sharing the same good manners and attitude willing_ imagination ..I rarely remember that there is abias in transport in my country .!!! On the contrary, young men often get off the means of transportation so that awoman or agirl can ride when she cannot find someone to lift her

  • British Council.jpg genius_gazelle | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    About the problem that "30% of women have no access to a car, particularly during the working day"
    I suggest that women can agree with their partners on the dates for leaving the house on the working day and the dates for returning to it.. Or they can take the car from their partners if women want to do other tasks.. such as delivering children to schools, buying some necessities, etc. The company can provide a means of transportation to collectively transport female employees who live in the same area to their workplaces, and this of course will be less costly if the amount is divided equally between the company and the female employee.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      genius_gazelle's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Women work in these jobs to secure the requirements of themselves and their family, and they are normal jobs and are no longer confined to men.

  • British Council.jpg motivated_camel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    28 Mar 2022

    "The chair of the Women's Equality Network found that in the UK, “30% of women have no access to a car, particularly during the working day, because either they can’t afford one or the family car is used by their partner for work”. This means women have to seek lower-paid work that is local." The instance cited above is one of the most evident cases of gender bias in Nigeria, where I come from. Because of the issue of gender pay gap in my country, men are almost always the "bread winners" of the family because they receive a greater amount of pay as compared to a female in the same profession. For this reason, the work life of most males is prioritized and that of females is relegated making it the supposedly "logical" why the male should be the one to use a car to go to work. A woman will also find it more difficult to purchase a car because of her deficient pay.
    I think that to solve the issue of gender bias in transportation as cited in the example above, the issue of the gender pay gap has to be resolved first. This can be done by employing quota systems in firms ,raising the minimum wage, Increasing pay transparency along with many other possible solutions which I strongly believe will solve the issue of gender pay gap and subsequently gender bias in transportation.

  • British Council.jpg artistic_context | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    28 Mar 2022

    In my country there is a gebder bias in transport. You can say only 10 percents of women are abke to ride cars or bikes.The suitable word for this situation is " traditions" . Women are deprived of their rights in free transport as a result of the society's culture and country traditional background. It is considered a taboo to ride a bike in the street, in the mean time, some women ride their own cars to work or any place. However, the few number of women who drive cars are facng bullying from men. Men criticize the women who ride cars or bikes because it ia a masculin society where you can fibd mist of the women doing housework and their husbands responsibke for driving and going out. There is gender bias in our scoiety and women cannot tolerate this issue as they are the weakest side.

  • British Council.jpg capable_seal | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    In my country, women are not allowed to participate in war.
    I am amazed at that because the religion encouraged jihad, and at the time of the Messenger, men, women and children would go out to battle, so why do we not follow this approach? Also, they do not allow women to drive and vote, but this is all of their rights.
    Where are the women's rights!!!!!
    I think this is a kind of bias.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_rock | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    I think the solution to this problem lies in the public transport sector, it is not a plausible solution to buy all the women cars or to take away the cars of men but to provide equal opportunities through public transport, but not stopping there even in the public transport there are still some problems that may arise if not taken care of like the discrimination on the vehicle, the driver showing favor to one gender over another. To fix those problems it would not matter in the long run the gender of the driver what would matter is the mindset of the driver that is his or her stand on gender bias so I believe the most important thing would be to educate the drivers on the dangers of gender bias that way he or she could steer clear of it and stop any form of it happening in his or her vehicle.

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    29 Mar 2022

    Not all areas in my country have the evidence of gender bias in transportation while some few areas do. But the most frequent issue we have had is how drivers do not respect women who drive. A woman can be driving and someone could just cut into her track and when I asked why women are treated that way, it was said that women who drive are too slow and scared so they have to cut through their way. I witnessed another incidence when a woman was by the road side and she was signaling a bus driver, there was supposedly no room in the bus but however, a space was made to accommodate the man who was standing beside her.

  • British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    The best way to fix this is to reform our biased thinking for the better

  • British Council.jpg friendly_currency | Shohour High Public School | Lebanon
    29 Mar 2022

    Hopefully, my country is not facing gender bias in transportation, both women and men are free to consume their car , bicycle, motorcycles… as much as they want and at any time . To talk about one of the mentioned problems, i’d love to talk about the last one where women can’t buy a car or their car taken by their partner for their work , i think that women might not afford the car prices because of their low salaries then their should be equality between women and men so they can both get a car and be able to go to work . Second , it’s either that or the workplace should get them free transportation to them then women are now able to go to work peacefully no need for their own car , and if it costs alit then they can have deal ,half cost on women while the other on the company .

  • British Council.jpg amiable_imagination | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    In my country, women are not prohibited from driving a car, but the surrounding society (customs and culture) prevents women from driving, so that when she intends to learn to drive or buy a car... everyone stands against her and is surprised by her actions, and they describe what she does as bad behavior; Because it is a shame for a woman to drive for them.... He resented a lot of these people's ideas and their frustration for women's freedom.... (We conclude from this that sometimes neither the law nor religion prohibits women's rights) but the ideas of society and the surrounding environment affect us.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      amiable_imagination's comment 30 Mar 2022

      It's interesting you point out that even if a law protects some rights, it requires people to enforce and follow that law. What is more powerful, law or culture?

      1. British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 31 Mar 2022

        Sorry for interrupting but I feel like the law is more important than culture because the law ensures the protection of one's rights while one's culture does not always protect one's rights. Take, for example, cultures that engage in harmful traditional practices such as child marriage, scarification, corporal punishment and so on. These do not protect the rights of individual's but the law always protects the rights of the people and no one is above the law irrespective of his/her status or position.

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          constructive_moth's comment 01 Apr 2022

          Sorry, my friend, to tell you that there are people above the law. We do not live in a perfect world. Often when the owner of the problem is in power, he uses the law to his advantage.
          Rima says: This does not happen. It really does happen. I will give you a simple comparison. If there was a senior official and a man from the common people, and they had a dispute over something, in your opinion, who would give priority to importance.
          It is certain that the person responsible has priority, regardless of whether he is the right holder or not.

  • British Council.jpg amiable_imagination | Beit Lahya Prep Girls | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Mar 2022

    There is a lot of noticeable discrimination against women, at the level of England, my country and the world.... We don't see many women piloting planes, the percentage of men who fly planes is much higher than women, and the work of women is mostly as flight attendants... Don't you think that this is racial discrimination ?! We've never seen a flight attendant man?! I suggest that we include this problem in international laws for discussion.

    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ Topical Talk
      amiable_imagination's comment 30 Mar 2022

      Rather than racial discrimination, it would be seen as gender/sex discrimination.

      1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
        Tiff @ Topical Talk's comment 01 Apr 2022

        Perhaps sometimes we consider that racial discrimination does not differ much from prejudice, the only difference is that discrimination depends on color the most, although there may be prejudice against a person because of his color

    2. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      amiable_imagination's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Yes, men consider that this job is limited to women only.

  • British Council.jpg placid_guitar | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    l really wonder a lot, why does this gender discrimination happen in so many countries of the world!? Women have freedom just as men have freedom, they differ only in sex, and why do people consider it a shame for a woman to drive a car!? It is just personal freedom. I hope that understanding will be achieved in society and that wall of prejudice will be broken. In my country, women are always mocked when they drive a car

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      placid_guitar's comment 01 Apr 2022

      Frankly, when some men see a woman behind the wheel of a car, he starts to laugh at her. I don't know the reason. My question is: Dear man, do you fear that women are superior to you in all areas of life?

      But I tell you, we share the roles equally, no one is better than the other, and everyone has a role to play perfectly.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    01 Apr 2022

    In the United Kingdom, women perform a cycle for three men. This is true because a woman is strong and it is not impossible for her to do this. Some people think that this is because of the appropriate roads, but the most important reason is the woman’s ability to overcome these things. Do you think that these assumptions about that The success of the women’s cycle because of the roads is correct???, and do you have examples from your country or from other countries??!!

  • British Council.jpg ingenious_mandarin | Ain Arik Basic Co-ed School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Apr 2022

    We can create campaigns to a woman can ride in any means of transportation,and there is nothing that prevents a woman from moving in any way she likes or wants to ride in.

  • British Council.jpg inventive_violin | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Apr 2022

    This is really unfortunate!! Gender bias is becoming evident in various countries, for example in my country Female participation in the transport sector as: operators, drivers, engineers, and leaders—remains low, there's a study that says,“women make up 20% of engineering graduates, but nearly 40% of them either quit or never enter the profession.” As a result, the transport industry remains heavily male-dominated.
    We as women want an opportunity to participate and obtain our rights in all aspects of life, not just in the transportation sector.
    l had read that in Lagos (Nigeria), women were recruited as drivers for a high-capacity Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT). Over the last two years, these women have built a strong track record of safety and professionalism, prompting LAMATA to aim for full gender parity among its bus drivers in the future.
    This if indicated, indicates that a woman can succeed just as well as a man, so we hope that there will be a balance between the genders.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      inventive_violin's comment 06 Apr 2022

      A great solution to the problem. Clearly-written and well researched. Good job!

    2. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      inventive_violin's comment 06 Apr 2022

      A great solution to the problem. Clearly-written and well researched. Good job!

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    06 Apr 2022

    I have a live example for you, Mr. Tom.

    In the past, women and children were not allowed to seat in seats when a male grown-up is standing. This scenario was mostly taking place when local administrators or community elders call for a village meeting. The women and children were seated on the ground. How is this related to gender inequality in transport? Well, when there is no space for a man in a public vehicle, women are to give up the seat and stand or leave the vehicle. Things are changing and only children are still not allowed to sit when a man is lucking a chair however, Massai and Turkana women in Kenya still do this.

    Motorcycles are a major transport means in Kenya and Uganda. In East Africa, motorcycles are called Boda Bodas. It is mostly ridden by men. To be safe, the passenger is to seat as if he or she wants to ride the motorcycle(Boda boda) and then hold the waist of the rider with legs apart. In Uganda, women cannot do that even for their safety because it is seen as bad for a woman seating behind the motorcycle(Bodaboda) with legs apart and holding the man instead they seat facing one side of the motorcycle putting their legs on the leg paddles on the motorcycle(Bodaboda). This is not safe for this women and needs to be stopped.

    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 06 Apr 2022

      Wow, these are really insightful examples that have shed light on the experiences where you live. Thank you for teaching me something new!

  • British Council.jpg rational_grape | Makini Academy | Kenya
    08 Apr 2022

    Three years back, many women in Kalmar avoided taking the bus home in the evening. The reason was that they felt unsafe walking home from the bus stop. This was shown in a survey.

    The solution to this was to introduce so-called light stops. This means that passengers can tell the bus driver to be left off at a specific place even between normal stops. The driver will only open the front door and makes sure that no one else gets off at the same time. This has made nighttime bus travels safer and more attractive for both women and men in Kalmar.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      rational_grape's comment 08 Apr 2022

      Thank you for sharing this with us!

  • British Council.jpg lovely_strawberry | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    09 Apr 2022

    Well I don't have any issues with this theme in my country and that's a good thing!!
    But looking at the examples above, I think the reason for this is a few points:
    *Women's wages are less than men's

    * Lack of job opportunities and promotions for women

    Some of the beliefs of the community or family

    * A woman's fear of harassment, for example, and her own insecurity (default)

  • British Council.jpg optimistic_speech | Sanour Basic Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Apr 2022

    The most important thing that can be said is good morals and good behavior. I rarely see a situation that is not good in transportation in my country. On the contrary, many good situations that occur such as helping the elderly and also helping girls ride, a young man gets off the means of transportation so that the girl can sit.

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