Transport and communications bulletin for Asia and the Pacific: gender and social dimensions of transport

The Transport and Communication Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal that is published once a year by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Bulletin attempts to widen and deepen the debate on the issues of interest and concern in the transport sector. For the 91st issue, the Bulletin focuses on the theme of “Gender and Social Dimension of Transport”. Women are largest users of public transport and their transport needs are different. The Asia-Pacific population is ageing rapidly, and the region has an estimated 690 million persons with disabilities. Addressing gender and social dimensions of transport is vital for socio-economic development as well as building inclusive and barrier free communities. Yet gender and social concerns are not adequately reflected in transport policies and projects. Lack of disaggregated gender data, limited opportunity to transport jobs for women, lack of knowledge to mainstream gender and issues of vulnerable transport users are hindering development of gender inclusive and accessible transport system.