Gender-Sensitive design for the Cairo BRT
Greater Cairo faces rising congestion, pollution, and a lack of access to opportunities. Responding to these issues, the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA), in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), are planning a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Greater Cairo. In the initial phase, the BRT network aims to provide improved connectivity between the new community of 6th of October City and central Giza and Cairo.
Until recently, transport planning and operations have tended to take a “one-size-fits-all” approach, assuming that men and women will benefit equally from improvements in transport services. In reality, women and men have different expectations from a transport system and different perceptions of security. To develop a better understanding of the
challenges faced by women while using the transport system, the ITDP and UN-Habitat conducted a series of surveys and focus groups with commuters in the city.