Women On the Move

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Mobility patterns of women are said to be more complex than men, such that they combine domestic and care-related tasks with employment or community obligations. In this sense, how women can successfully play their roles and carry out their responsibilities have a lot to do with the transport infrastructure and services available to them. How then is CDIA ensuring that women can be on the move, anytime, anywhere?

In Islamabad, Pakistan, CDIA helped plan the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metrobus Network – a 22.5 km bus system that uses dedicated bus lanes along its route, and features 24 bus stations located between the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. It now caters to around 125,000 passengers per day, who pay just $.20 for a one-way, easy, fast and comfortable trip. The Metro Bus has also become the first choice of transport for female commuters due to its women-friendly features such as separate compartments for male and female passengers.

“When we used to travel in vans, especially for women, there was no respect. Because normally there are guys and boys who are really very bad. But after the Metro, the environment has completely changed,” said medical student Fatma.

Similarly in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, CDIA worked with the city government to upgrade their Transjogja Bus System. The expansion was carried out while considering the needs and convenience of women, elderly, children and persons with disabilities. Some provisions include priority seats, spaces for wheelchair, covered and well-lit waiting areas, and tactile sidewalk strips for the visually impaired.

To date, the Transjogja Bus System has 128 buses plying though 8 bus routes and serving roughly 13,000 passengers every day.

“Previously, the public transportation here is not really pro-women especially at night if they need to go home from somewhere. But now, the Transjogja Bus System provides safe, reliable and more comfortable ride particularly for women. It also makes it easier for them to access their places of work, hospital and other places,” said Mrs. Dyah Puspitasari, Director of PT. Anindya Mitra Internasional (TransJogja Operator).

“In the same manner that we consider the needs of women and other vulnerable populations in all our projects, we are happy to have worked closely with our partners in Islamabad and Yogyakarta towards better mobility, and in ensuring that no one, especially women, is left behind,” said Neil Chadder, CDIA Program Manager.

Click this video to learn more about the Transjogja project.

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