โ€œ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜… ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น, ๐—ฝ๐—ต๐˜†๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ผ-๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†.โ€ – UN Women COVID-19 and Ensuring Safe Transport with and for Women and Girls Brief.
In moving around, women and girls have to think about how they will protect themselves from sexual harassment and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). Ensuring safety therefore is a priority when thinking about womenโ€™s mobility. UN Women Caribbean Representative, Tonni Brodber joined the Inter-American Development Bank launch of the โ€œ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—น๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜: ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—”๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€ publication to discuss how if sufficient analysis is not done, public transportation can deepening social disadvantages, including gender inequality.
โ€œOne of the key factors for consideration in the Caribbean, is the design (of transportation) and the intent of the design. Public transportation is rooted in the reality of a space and if that reality is one of inequality, then that is what we are going to see,โ€ said the UN Women Representative.
During the panel discussion with members of academia from across Latin America, she also listed several other factors that negatively impacted womenโ€™s mobility and use of transportation in the Caribbean, which included unreliability, safety, and resilience.
She noted however that there is the potential to break the cycle of inequality through investments and policies that take into account the needs of women and girls in all their diversity and that UN Women can and is supporting with the analysis to inform gender transformative design.
Watch here to learn more about the insights shared during this regional dialogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8trEHalQ6Ds