The study assesses the gender issues in two components of World Bank Urban Transport projects in Lima. The first is a planned busway (corredor vitrina) which will provide more rapid and comfortable bus transport. The second is the construction of a network of bike paths complement by publicity campaigns to promote the use of bicycles and a credit scheme to facilitate the purchase of bicycles. The study combined focus groups with men and women stratified by age and socio-economic status with direct observation of the operation of bike paths paths. The interviews revealed that sexual harassment is a major concern for women travelling on most forms of public transport and a major constraint on women's mobility. Many women arm themselves with safety pins and nails to defend themselves from the unwilling attentions of bus conducters and other passengers.
|Why do girls carry safety pins on buses in Lima?|
Status: Study completed. Documents available. (Proposal, summary report, main report, Powerpoint presentation and research methodology)
Contact: Paul Guitink (Latin America Transport Cluster)