Case Study on the Role of Women in Rural Transport: Access of Women to Domestic Facilities
Christina E. Malmberg Calvo
In rural Africa it is women who bear the greater part of the transport burden. Understanding their transport patterns is a first step in aiming to reduce their onerous task. Comprehensive village-level travel and transport surveys (VLTTS) and associated case studies have been carried out under the Rural Travel and Transport Project (RTTP) to gain insights into the travel patterns of rural people and assess the potential for, and constraints to, sustainable improvements in the level of access of rural populations in SSA to economic (particularly agricultural) and social services. The case studies focus on the role of intermediate means of transport in improving mobility and the role of transport in women's daily lives. This case study assesses the link between transport and the provision of water supply, woodlots, and grinding mills - referred to as domestic facilities.