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Strengthen engagement of civil society organisations in transport planning and governance in Indian cities, to mainstream gender-responsive planning in developing and implementing low-carbon urban transport systems. 

About MobiliseHER

The MobiliseHER project aims to enhance the engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in transport planning and governance in Indian cities, focusing on integrating gender-responsive approaches into low-carbon urban transport systems. By building the capacities of CSOs and government agencies through public participation, the project will develop gender-responsive mobility plans for three cities, addressing gender-specific gaps in transport services and infrastructure. Key activities include data collection, stakeholder engagement, co-creation workshops, and training programs, ultimately benefiting women, girls, gender and sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, children, the elderly, and pedestrians. The project also aims to raise awareness among at least 100 CSOs and train government authorities in 5-10 cities, fostering inclusive and sustainable urban transport solutions.

Key Activities

There are four main activity areas the action will undertake to achieve the overall and specific objectives: 

Research and knowledge production activities will inform the GMP development and document learnings from the action. 

  • Secondary research involves a literature review of gender and mobility research, mapping transport policy and governance structures, and identifying best practices for gender-responsive mobility. 

  • Primary research comprises participatory research methods to develop a shared understanding of needs and gaps for gender-responsive mobility, and to mobilize civil society to greater awareness on the subject. Travel pattern surveys and interviews with government officials are other activities. 

  • Knowledge products such as working papers, policy briefs and toolkits are developed to capture research findings and document the insights and outcomes of the action. 

Stakeholder engagement activities facilitate multi-stakeholder engagements for creating greater awareness of gender-responsive mobility among key stakeholders, including public discourses on gender-responsive mobility and public exhibition. EU-India knowledge exchanges for CSOs and governments will be organised, and policy dialogues will be leveraged to showcase the action. 

Development of gender-responsive mobility plans will require structured activities, such as co-creation workshops with government authorities and CSOs, drafting GMPs, getting inputs from the public, planning revisions, and meetings with transport agencies to validate the plans. Research and stakeholder engagement activities will also feed into this activity area. 

Training and capacity-building activities are essential for ensuring the sustainability of the action’s impacts in the target cities and its scalability to other cities and regions. Learning modules and train-the-trainer courses on participatory planning and gender-responsive mobility strategies will be delivered to CSOs and government authorities. Seminars will help disseminate research and learnings from the action to wider audiences. Online learning modules will be developed to enable capacity building at scale. 

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