Call for contribution: CIVITAS policy note on Gender & Mobility planning (by 16 June 2014)

In the framework of the CIVITAS interactive thematic group on integrated planning

Call for contribution to a policy note on Gender & Mobility planning

It's still too rare to have an occasion to speak on the connexion between gender issues and mobility. Occasions like this must not be lost !

This is why we are relaying now this CIVITAS call for contribution, because we think it's important to gather many points of view, specially if you are far away from Brussels lobbyists. Your voice is important here, particularly if you are from what is called civil society : single citizen, user organizations, NGO's, researchers, local politicians.


These contributions will be submitted for the policy note produced by CIVITAS secretariat, that will select examples of best practices for local governments and transport operators.

Our platform Citizens Mobility works to get citizens decision making power in mobility. CIVITAS is a European Commission program aimed to promote good practices for better transport in cities.
Questions :

1. Can you refer specific problems that your organization, or people you know, experienced in your local context, because of a lack of consideration of gender in mobility planning ? As : women feeling unsafe in a specific metro stations, unadapted transport infrastructures, poor service, harassment situations. Explain why.

2. What solutions you imagine could be useful ? infrastructure, communication, service, etc. Please describe.

3. What solutions have you seen in other contexts, other places, etc., that you'd like to mention ? Please describe as well.
Participation procedure :

This is an urgent enquiry, due to a short deadline (16 June) :

1. Please inform us now about your interest to send a contribution, either by sending email, either by getting an interview
2. Send us your contribution before Tuesday 16 June, or an interview request, so as we set a short voice interview together
Format :

- Send contributions by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
- Short texts (maximum 1000 letters, spaces included), possibly at least one evidence support (as facts, figures or photos).
We will gather all contributions, and ensure they have due visibility. We hope to have points of view from as many countries and organizations as possible !

Subway Passengers, New York City: Man Reading Newspaper, Elderly Woman, 1938, Walker Evans
Position paper : "Buses are female, cars are male"

22/05/2014 10:01 am / Leave a comment


Today a new position paper is online : "Buses are female, cars are male"

With this article, we want to show how mobility and gender are linked together, and how user organizations have a responsibility in this.

As an organization for citizens, we want indeed to motivate all user organizations in Europe to consider gender as an issue that involves each of us.

Read the full article, complete with 6 action points, and "She Moves", an interesting synthesis from the European Commission on gender & mobility.

This follows a visit to the "Women in Transportation conference" in March, for which you can see our report here.

Thanks for her help to Irene Zeilinger, from Belgian NGO Garance, which promotes the primary prevention of violence and fear of crime with women in Belgium.

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