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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Publication details for Professor Gina Porter

Porter, G. (2008). Transport planning in sub-Saharan Africa II: putting gender into mobility and transport planning in Africa. Progress in Development Studies 8(3): 281-289.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

The first progress report in this transport series presented an overview of major current transport research themes and gaps in Sub-Saharan Africa from a social science perspective. This second report is specifically concerned with gender and, in particular, women’s physical mobility, transport needs and patterns of transport use. It reviews the causes and effects of the current broad pattern of gender disparity in transport access and use in Africa, paying particular attention to cultural constraints on women’s travel, the impact of poor transport on women’s health and women’s access to IMTs. It then considers the gendered impact of transport interventions and suggests reasons why efforts to improve women’s access to transport have had limited impact to date.