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World Bank’s Flagship Gender Toolkit Launched

A Gender Toolkit based on “Enabling gender-responsive urban mobility and public spaces” was launched in a session conducted by the World Bank and the Chennai Urban Metropolitan Transport Authority.

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Key Points Of the World bank’s Gender Toolkit:

  • The World Bank developed a two toolkit that outlines a four-pillar implementation structure for urban entities to construct a gender-responsive urban transportation and public spaces programme.
  • Assessing the ground situation: The first pillar involves evaluating the current reality on the ground, which includes comprehending gender variations in mobility patterns, safety issues, and infrastructure and policy inadequacies.
  • Strengthening planning and policies: The second pillar calls for improving planning and policies, which calls for incorporating gender as a lens into plans and encouraging gender inclusion among institutions and policymakers.
  • Building awareness and capacity: The third pillar focuses on increasing knowledge and capability.
  • Infrastructure: The fourth pillar prioritizes infrastructure improvement with a gendered lens.
  • Additionally, the World Bank has provided guidance on each of the pillars.

Its Significance:

    • The toolkit from the World Bank attempts to highlight the gender-related problems with urban planning and mobility.
    • Men, women, and gender minorities all have diverse perspectives on cities.
    • The World Bank toolkit offers resources to help these groups better understand and address gender-disaggregated mobility patterns, reinforce policies, and create an infrastructure that will suit their requirements.
    • This toolkit will be helpful in discussions on urban planning and mobility as Indian urban local bodies and transport agencies start to comprehend the demands of different commuters.

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