About the poll
Travelling between home, work, places of study and healthcare can be challenging in some cities for women, restricting their mobility and economic opportunities. United Nations studies show that men and women use public and private transport differently, with women often taking more complex journeys with more stops as they juggle childcare and other household responsibilities with work or study. But the issue of women and transport shot up the world agenda in December 2012 after the fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in Delhi acted a wake-up call for change. For the danger of sexual harassment or violence for women on public transport or the time and cost of getting around a city can be critical factors in women’s lives.
With our poll, supported by Uber, we set out to find the key concerns that women have regarding the use of both public and private transport in five of the world’s biggest commuter cities in five different cultural regions. Cities have become the vehicle of growth in most countries, estimated to be home to 66 percent of the world population by 2050, and the poll comes as city authorities globally increasingly look at ways to ensure women can access safe, efficient transport to reach work or school which can help tackle poverty by giving women full and equal opportunities to education and the workforce.
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