SADAQA hosts a roundtable discussion for the development of a national framework on gender-sensitive transportation
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Amman, Jordan. Held under the esteemed patronage of H.E. Mr. Anmar Khasawneh, Minister of Transport, SADAQA, in partnership with UN Women, organized a multi-stakeholder workshop to develop a national framework on gender-sensitive transportation. Generously supported by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (MADAD), the event featured the participation of government representatives, mobility experts, legislators, national and international stakeholders, including the Land Transport Regulatory Commission, the Greater Amman Municipality, and the Traffic Department.
“The Ministry of Transport is committed to working towards providing a gender sensitive public transport system and improve users’ experiences, to that end we created a code of conduct for operators, workers and users of public transportation, that took into account women user’s needs,” stated Minister of Transport Khasawneh, adding that this will eventually “contribute to easing women’s access to the job market and lower dependency on private cars when commuting to work.”
"Limited access to transportation is one of the key barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Jordan and the national economic growth that would result from getting Jordanian women into the labour force. UN Women is committed to supporting the government in integrating a gender perspective to transport policy and implementing key recommendations. UN Women will also continue supporting women in underserved communities across Jordan to access safe transportation," affirmed Ana Lukatela on behalf of UN Women.
During the event, participants had the opportunity to discuss some of the key challenges of the transportation system in Jordan from a gender perspective. The discussion also focused on the identification of specific components to be further developed into the proposed national framework, while considering issues related to institutional capacity building, awareness raising among both service providers and the general public, as well as sustainability.
On her part, Sahar Aloul, SADAQA Core Team Member said, “The national framework for gender sensitive transportation will cover the legal ground needed to improve women’s mobility and access to the public transport system, as well as take into account mainstreaminggender in all major infrastructure and planning work done in transportation, providing a friendly working environment in the sector to attract and retain women workers to increase their presence there, and raising the capacity of employees, operators and stake-holders.”
Lack of and inaccessibility to safe and reliable transportation is considered as one of the three main structural barriers impacting women’s access to the labor market, along with limited availability of childcare services and pay inequity. To inform the dialogue, SADAQA presented the findings of a recent study titled “Gender in Public Transportation: the perspective of women users”. According to the report, 80.5% of the women surveyed believe that public transportation in Jordan plays an integral role in women’s economic participation, and 47% affirmed turning down job opportunities due to the lack of efficient public transportation solutions.
The study also provides recommendations to improve the current transpiration system which, along with inputs provided by participants during the workshop, will feed into the development of the national framework on gender-sensitive transportation that will be launched by the end of the year.