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Integrating Gender in Transport Operations

This brief is part of the series that provides tools for infrastructure and natural resources companies to benefit from gender equality. The briefs highlight key challenges, business cases, and operational entry points to enhance gender equity in power, transportcitieswater and sanitation, and mining projects

Transport infrastructure is a catalyst for economic growth, and transport-related spending amounted to about 2% of global GDP in 2015.1 It gives access to jobs, education, and healthcare, connects goods and services to markets, and is a key driver of growth. The transport sector is also a key partner in the drive to tackle emissions and decelerate climate change.2 However, transport projects can impact or benefit women and men differently.

By understanding the differentiated ways women and men benefit from, contribute to, and experience modes of transport, IFC clients can leverage these insights to maximize their profits while better sharing risks and benefits across the communities they serve. Gendersmart solutions, i.e. solutions that achieve overall business objectives of a client while closing relevant gender gaps in the process, present an opportunity for IFC and IFC clients to partner for better transport solutions.

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