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Balancing the Load

Priyanthi Fernando Gina Porter
Price: $ 27.5

It is now familiar knowledge that tackling poverty must take account of policies to increase women's opportunities for micro-enterprise. In rural areas, that means access to markets and transport. Yet, transport policy makers and providers have paid almost no attention to gender equity, and gender researchers in development have seldom examined the crucially important role which transport plays in women's lives.

This book draws together local level research from 15 countries across Asia and Africa, to help understand how gender affects men and women's access to transport, and what steps can be taken at community, provider and policy levels to improve the situation. It presents fascinating information about different forms of rural transport in diverse settings; the social roles transport plays; the uneven gender-influenced access to it; and the impacts poverty, culture and gender-insensitive provision have on women's lives in relation to transport. Of great practical importance are the various proposals the contributors, and those who discussed their findings in a series of workshops, make for tackling what can only be described as women's mobility poverty.

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