Overcoming Barriers to Women's Mobility

Overcoming Barriers to Women's Mobility

In Pakistan, women who want to work, take classes or participate in public life are often discouraged from doing so out of fear of harassment or social norms that stigmatise women's travel on public transport and movement in other public spaces. This limits womens’ ability to access the employment and services of their choosing, and denies employers access to a significant pool of labour. In a study of urban Lahore, researchers at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), supported by the International Growth Centre (IGC) and other donors, conducted a household survey to measure attitudes towards women’s use of public transport. Based on this survey, focus group interviews, and collaboration with transport experts, the study identifies, pilots and evaluates public policy interventions to increase women’s mobility.

Project Authors
Fizzah Sajjad — Project Coordinator, CERP
Ghulam Abbas Anjum — Professor, University of Engineering and Technology
Erica Field — Professor of Economics and Global Health, Duke Univerity
Kate Vyborny
— Post-Doctoral Fellow, Duke University


Overcoming Barriers to Women's Mobility
March 2017

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