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Safe ride: tackling gender norms and preventing sexual harassment on public transportation

Toolkit/guidelines

Written by Carmen Leon-Himmelstine, Fiona Samuels

Hero image description: At the launch event of the 'Year of Action for Women and Children's Safety', Plan International Vietnam promoted the message "Safety for girls = Safety for everyone" Image credit:Plan International Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

This toolkit has been developed with the aim of helping practitioners work to understand what influences gender norms, how they operate in the transport sector and what can be done to encourage positive change in order to enable girls to confidently use public transport in their city. It draws on a review of existing tools and key informant interviews, as well as pilots conducted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in two locations of the Safer Cities for Girls programme – Kampala (Uganda) and Hanoi (Vietnam).

The document comprises the following sections:

  1. Guidance on what social and gender norms are and how they operate in the transport sector
  2. A brief checklist of key aspects to take into account when developing a gender norm change strategy to address sexual harassment on public transport
  3. Importance of developing key messages on addressing sexual harassment on public transport
  4. Examples of activities that aim to tackle gender norms around sexual harassment in the transport sector.

For each activity, an overview has been developed that can be used by practitioners to add more information based on their experiences and contextual needs. Each activity overview includes the aims and objectives, key components, target group(s), tips for the facilitator/things to take into account and links to other resources.

This toolkit has been developed jointly between the ODI and Plan International.

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Carmen Leon-Himmelstine, Alex Munive, Fiona Samuels and Anja Stuckert