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The Transport and Communication Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific is a peer-reviewed journal that is published once a year by the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Bulletin attempts to widen and deepen the debate on the issues of interest and concern in the transport sector. For the 91st issue, the Bulletin focuses on the theme of “Gender and Social Dimension of Transport”.

Women are largest users of public transport and their transport needs are different. The Asia-Pacific population is ageing rapidly, and the region has an estimated 690 million persons with disabilities. Addressing gender and social dimensions of transport is vital for socio-economic development as well as building inclusive and barrier free communities. Yet gender and social concerns are not adequately reflected in transport policies and projects. Lack of disaggregated gender data, limited opportunity to transport jobs for women, lack of knowledge to mainstream gender and issues of vulnerable transport users are hindering development of gender inclusive and accessible transport system.

Transport policy makers, planners and stakeholders from the region need to address gender and social dimensions of transport to ensure universal accessibility, inclusiveness and security of transport systems and services. There remains greater opportunity to address different transport needs of women, differently abled and aged population while formulating transport policies and provide opportunities for women to join transport sector as policy makers, workers, or users.

The following five papers selected for this issue contribute to different aspects and novel perspectives on the theme of gender and social inclusion in transport. 

1. Gender Sensitive Mobility Policies: Case Studies from Two Indian Cities, Kochi, and Surat by H. M. Shivanand Swamy, Shalini Sinha, G.P. Hari, and Dennis Jose

2. Mainstreaming Gender in the Trail Bridge Sub-Sector in Nepal: Tracing the Development of Policy Changes by Ansu Tumbahangfe

3. Diversity Mainstreaming as Panacea for Inclusive Transport Policy: The Twin Case of Windhoek, Namibia and Delhi, India by Alicia Yon and Rewa Marathe

4. Promoting an Inclusive Transport and Cross-Border Trade in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal Sub-region by Kajal Sharda and Jithin Sabu

5. Gender, Inclusive Transport and Sustainable Development Goals: A Legal Perspective to Transport Policies by Aakriti Singhai and Krati Singhai