User organizations should care more about gender issues of public transport, and be supported in that aim

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In the framework of the Women's Issues in Transportation 2014 conference, 14-16 April 2014.

Today many women feel too unsafe to use public transport and are therefore excluded from the very capacity to use transport. This is unacceptable.

Public transport organizations are composed predominantly by men, be it institutions, operators or user committees. This is not only a cause of gender inequality in public transport, but contributes to the persistence of this issue. Civil society organizations that defend and represent users of all forms of public transport (including pedestrians and bicycle users) should highlight this lack of gender parity. But in many cases, user organizations do not have the means to deal with the problems related to gender inequality in public transport.

 An improvement in this field won't happen of its own volition. Specific initiatives will have to be taken in order to provide user and public transport organizations with the appropriate resources needed to promote gender equality efficiently and rapidly.

We need to bring together governments, transport operators and civil society, including institutional and NGO actors experienced in gender issues, in order to tackle the exclusion of women from public transport. The end is worth this effort, as embracing gender equality will improve the quality of public transport for all.

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