Gender, Transport & Development ConferenceMEDIA RELEASE issued by THE SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ROADS AGENCY LTD Creating wealth through infrastructure, 1 SEPTEMBER 2006
OUTCOMES OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON GENDER, TRANSPORT AND DEVELOPMENT
Consequently, the conference themes centered on gender, mobility and development; gender, transport and economic development; transport policies, strategies and programmes; technological and infrastructure interventions; and gender, transport, health and safety.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is the third of the eight Millennium Development Goals and transport is recognized as a necessary prerequisite in attaining these goals.
Key recommendations emanating from the conference were as follows:
- Socialised roles of men and women through cultural, ideological, political and religious conditioning (dependent on social factors);
- A process, which is subject to change and dynamic, such as identity (irrespective of race, class, ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability etc.);
- A tool through which we understand the unequal distribution of power between men and women (boys and girls).
- Equitable representation (numerical goals and visibility);
- Education and training;
- Rural versus urban divide;
- An understanding of context, region, locality, geography in the planning phase.
In view of aforementioned, gender mainstreaming is viewed as a sustainable practice to contest the current situation together with gender analysis, which is essential in all planning and implementation processes. The issues pertaining to these processes are:
In addition, it was unanimously agreed that the planning phase
- Improvement of rural road networks and safety; and
- More practical, immediate and strategic long-term and transformative measures.
Women’s and men’s needs should be addressed in the planning phase and should be an integrated, multi-pronged, multi-sectoral approach. This should also include active community participation as decision-makers in the process. Planning programmes and policy should therefore prioritise equality and efficiency (i.e. address women’s marginalised position, their needs and strategic interests in their respective economies); as well as forms of empowerment.
The common perception is that development is focused
Critical and empirical analyses are thus required to determine whether the Millennium Development Goals are being met and to provide data, amongst others,
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