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The integration of gender equality in transport policy and practice in Sweden

Conference paper
Authors Merritt Polk
Published in Research on Women's issues in Transportation: Volume 2: Technical Papers. Transportation Research Board, Conference Proceedings 35
Pages 180-188
ISBN ISBN 0-309-09394-5
ISSN ISSN 1073-1652
Publication year 2005
Published at Department of Environmental and Regional Studies of the Human Condition, Human Ecology Section
Pages 180-188
Language en
Keywords gender, transport
Subject categories Technology and social change


To evaluate how policy makers have applied gender equality in Swedish transport policy and practice, two studies are compiled. The first briefly summarizes how gender equality has been integrated into transport policy in Sweden from 1997 to 2002. The second addresses the practical integration of gender equality into the transportation sector. Results are presented from a study that focuses on differences between women’s and men’s experiences with road infrastructure; on preferences regarding different parts of the road system; and on the priority rankings of the different goals in the transportation sector such as accessibility, effectiveness, safety, regional development, and a good environment. Interviews were held with 47 experts, users, professional driving instructors, and inspectors. In general, women have a more cooperative approach to road system infrastructure and the problems therein, and men are more individualistic. However, there are also noteworthy differences among age, socioeconomic group, and residential location. This study is a first step toward gathering knowledge that can be used on a practical level to attain a more gender-equal transportation system in Sweden.

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