Better Mobility for Women by WomenBy Jorge Ramos Zwanziger | Wed, 03/10/2021 - 10:01
Despite the growing participation of women in making mobility more sustainable and safer, there are still gaps to close, particularly in decision-making positions, said Adriana Lobo, Executive Director of WRI México, to TYT. It is necessary not only to understand the mobility needs of women but also to include more women in the decision-making process. “There is no doubt that the country has changed when it comes to gender but there is still much to be done. Another important aspect that needs to be addressed is equity, not just participation, in the decision-making process,” she added.
The inclusion, acknowledgment and participation of women in private and public spaces in both rural and urban areas will allow for transformative processes that impact mobility, transportation and logistics in the country. Lobo discussed in an interview with MBN many things that need to be done to build a more prosperous, equitable and resilient future. “The immediate priority should be to protect the most vulnerable and to cushion the impact of this crisis on the rest of the population. It is essential for strengthening social safety nets,” she said.
María Fernanda Rivera Flores, General Director of Road Safety and Sustainable Urban Mobility Systems at the Ministry of Mobility, discussed problems she sees in urban mobility in Mexico during an interview with MBN. “Gender inequality is an issue, due to women mobilizing differently and with different risks than men do,” Rivera said. To address this matter, SEMOVI created the Gender and Mobility Plan in 2019 to eradicate the violence that women experience using public transportation and to have more female decision-makers in the sector.
Gretta González, General Manager of Shared Rides at Uber México, discussed in an interview with MBN the company’s efforts to integrate more women into the platform. For example, Uber launched “Ellas,” a feature that allows female drivers to accept trips only from female users. This program has been implemented in 10 cities. The plan, explains González, for 2021 was to expand it nationwide. “We want to deliver accessible and secure mobility for everyone.”
Mexico’s pending task is to tackle the enormous regional inequity that exists in economic terms and in access to services and opportunities, says Lobo. She believes that citizens, politicians, academics, financers, NGOs and business leaders should collectively embark on a journey of transformation that will lead Mexico to increased support for the most vulnerable.