2019 Women and Transport Africa Conference

December 4 – 6, 2019

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Draft Agenda

Time Event Presenters Description
8:30 – 9:00 Registration    
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome & Introductions
Naomi Mwaura, Flone Initiative
Haileselassie Medhin, Country Director, Ethiopia, WRI Africa
Welcome Remarks
9:30 – 10:00 Opening Speech
Her Excellency Minister Dagmawit Moges, Ministry of Transport
Keynote Speech
10:00 – 11:00 Presentation of Conference Themes:      

Accessibility   Employability
Iman Abubaker, WRI Africa

Nahungu Lionjanga, Transport Truths, South Africa  
During this opening session, we will explore the conference themes through theater skits and stories. Each skit will then be concluded and tied together by “Transport Truths” – a group that promotes a way in which transport planners can be more mindful about planning public transportation and help achieve transport justice for all.  
11:00 – 11:10 Group Photo
11:10 – 11:30 Morning Tea
11:30 – 1:00 Plenary Session: Accessibility Naomi Mwaura, Flone Initiative  

Crystal Asige, Open Institute  

Jeff Turner, High Volume Transport Program    
What are the major accessibility challenges facing commuters in public transport in African cities? How do these challenges differ for women, older or younger people, or PLWD? This session, facilitated by Flone Initiative, Open Institute, and the High-Volume Transport Program, will take conference attendees through simulated disabilities and facilitate conversations around those experiences.
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch    
2:00 – 4:00 Parallel Sessions – Research Seminars
  Research on Solutions for Sustainable Public Transport      
Moderator: Jeff Turner  & Heather Allen

Heather Allen, Independent Consultant, SUM4ALL 

Ankita Kapoor, Safetipin, India: Using data to create safer cities
Fatouma Malow, University of Djibouti: How to Integrate Women’s Mobility in a Paratransit System: Assessment from Djibouti
Paul Wafula, Flone Initiative: Economic impacts towards sustainable public transportation; a business case.
What are the sustainability challenges facing public transport in African cities and how do those challenges impact vulnerable road users in particular? This session will explore this question by looking at sustainability as it applies to safety, infrastructure, finance and environmental consideration.
  Research on Walking and Cycling/Safety & Security Moderator: Deyala Tarawneh and Ronja Schiffer, Researchers, Jordan: Investigating walkability as part of gender inclusive public transportation and NMT methods in Jordan.  

Segundo López, WRI Columbia: Analyzing the current experience of women in Bogota’s transportation system in relation to policies and norms, mobility patterns, safety and sexual harassment.

Claire Dungey & Gina Porter, Durham University: Peer Research as a method for mobilities research with girls, women and other vulnerable groups.

Nwabisa Gunguluza, University of Cape Town: Three-part study examining gender and mobility in South Africa, Nigeria and Tunis  

Mary Mwangi, Flone Initiative: Presenting a Mombasa Safety Audit    
This session will present participatory research on:   ·       Feelings of safety in public space & sexual harassment, safety challenges for vulnerable groups (children, elderly people, PLWD, women), and impacts and importance of non-motorized transport alternatives. The session will engage participants in short role-plays showcasing obstacles to walkability and how they are gendered.
  Inclusive Employment Moderator: Susan Goodwillie, Flone Initiative: Presenting on the Gender Sensitive Minibus Services and Transport Infrastructure for African Cities Toolkit  

Alexa Roscoe and Charlotte Ntim, Digital Economy Lead & Digital Economy Officer, IFC Gender Secretariat: Presenting key findings and insights from three new studies on women and ride-hailing.  

Claire Clarke, International Transportation Workers Federation  
Women’s employment in transportation jobs is low in African cities for myriad reasons, sometimes despite government interventions and other programs. This session will present innovative & participatory research on:   Economic arguments for women workers, issues of recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the transportation industry as well as working conditions.  
4:00 – 4:15 Recap MC  
4:15 – 5:00 Afternoon Tea    
5:00 Depart    
8:30 – 9:00 Registration    
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome & Recap MC  
9:10 – 9:40 Screening of “Msupa wa Nganya” film  Mary Mwangi, Flone Initiative Flone Initiative has created a short film to create awareness around various forms of abuse experienced by women commuting and working in Kenya’s transportation systems.
9:40 – 11:00 Plenary: Employment Moderator: Anna Karume, International Transportation Workers Federation (ITF)   What are the mechanics of supporting more women to move into transport jobs? What are some of the common arguments made against women employees and how are those being addressed (maternity & paternity leave, gender quotas, etc.)? In this session, we will hear from women working in public transportation about their experiences on these questions.
11:00 – 11:30 Morning Tea    
11:30 – 1:00 Plenary: Environment
Elleni Ashebir, WRI Africa

Seble Samuel, Addis Ababa’s Car Free Day Initiative

Gomeju Taye, Transport Specialist, 100 Resilient Cities
Dorah Mwenye, Mobility for Africa, Zimbabwe
Constant Cap, Urban Planner, Kenya
How is “environment” relevant to women and transport? In this discussion we will explore impact investment, development, health and climate change as they affect women working in and using public transport. How are banks and other lending bodies ensuring that development projects, such as BRT and roads, take gender into consideration and why is it important? How are governments responding to these requirements? What’s working and where are the problems?   How is e-mobility an opportunity for more gender inclusion?
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch    
2:00 – 4:00 Parallel Sessions
  Solutions for Sustainable Public Transport: What does Socially Just Public Transport Look Like? Moderator: Anne Kamau, University of Nairobi
Constant Cap, Socially Just Public Transport Group, Kenya  

Texel Teresa Cossa, Country Manager Amend, Mozambique: The impact of ‘Kids’ Court’ road safety interventions on knowledge, attitudes and practices in Maputo, Mozambique

Sayson Rossette Meya, Cities and Infrastructure for Growth, Uganda: CIG-UG’s seeks to address the gap between policy and implementation of the bus rapid transit system in Uganda
In this session, we will explore the idea of a “socially just” public transportation system by looking at different initiatives to address more sustainable transport solutions in developing cities.  
  Solutions for Safe Walking and Cycling
Moderator: Jeff Turner, High Volume Transport Research Programme
Gashaw Aberra, Institute for Transport Development and Policy (ITDP) Ethiopia
Marita Walther & Hilya Ekandjo, SunCycles, Namibia
Shirley Sang
 & Carolyn Ndanu, Nairobi City County’s Safer Nairobi Initiative, Kenya 
This session will look at innovative initiatives that African cities are taking to promote walking and cycling. The session will address what challenges women cyclists face as well as what has worked and not worked in promoting walking schemes.  
  Solutions for Inclusive Employment Moderator: Mary Mwangi, Flone Initiative  

Shrinivas Rao, Azad Foundation, India: present the case study of Azad and Sakha, who in their pursuit of gender parity in workspaces, have been able to make inroads into the ‘male’ dominated sector of professional driving.   

Amiene van der Merwe, GreenCab, South Africa: GreenCab’s new “Women’s Driving Academy” addresses the major barrier to entry for women, namely financial constraints
Featuring initiatives and projects that are seeking to level the field of employment   Who is looking at the factors that disadvantage women workers and what are they doing to change it? (Lobbying governments; building capacity; private sector initiatives).
4:00 – 4:30 Inspirational Call to Action: Closing Plenary TBD  
4:30 Depart    
8:30 – 9:00 Registration    
9:00 – 9:10 Intro to Seminar Day MC  
9:10 – 9:25 Discussion on WIT Chapters & Seminar Paul Wafula, Flone Initiative Flone Initiative will present on our Women in Transport program, as well as the theory behind the Women in Transport (WIT) Chapters
9:25 – 9:35 Discussion on Research Seminar Jeff Turner, High Volume Transport Program This presentation will briefly outline the goals of the Research Seminar
9:35 – 9:45 Discussion on “Open” Seminar TBD TBD
9:45 – 10:00 Tea Break / Tabling    
10:00 – 1:00 Parallel Seminars
  WIT Seminar Moderators:   Paul Wafula, Flone Initiative &  International Transportation Workers Federation    This seminar will be dedicated to women coming from across Africa who are organizing other women to work in public transportation. We will facilitate workshops in community organizing, leadership, innovating around some of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist in each area, looking at what is working in some areas and other skill building, as well as some thoughtful community building exercises.
  Research Seminar Moderators:   Jeff Turner, High Volume Transport Program   This seminar will share the outcome of a series of State of the Knowledge studies undertaken by the DFID-funded High Volume Transport (HVT) Applied Research Programme in the areas of Gender, Inclusion, Vulnerable Groups and Road Safety. It will also provide dedicated space for researchers to come together to share on different challenges faced while gathering data around transport in Africa as well as different methodologies developed to overcome those challenges. Space will be provided for experienced and early career researchers to share information or challenges about developing or ongoing projects with a view to generating peer contributions on ways forward.
  Open Seminar Moderators:   TBD Conference can provide volunteer facilitators to work with different groups (Innovators/Facilitators) to provide time & space to workshop ideas and solutions that arose during the proceeding days
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch    
2:00 – 2:30 Coffee Ceremony    
2:30 Depart