The DIAMOND project main results have been presented during the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications celebrated on March 8th to discuss about the Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) Report “Travelling in a Woman’s Shoes”.
Dr. Maria Chiara Leva, DIAMOND Dissemination Manager, together with Dr. Sarah Rock, Lecturer in Urban Design & Transport Planning from the School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning of the Technological University of Dublin, read a statement highlighting the project main results and findings obtained from the research done in the area of inclusion and fairness in transport.
The statement given was based in four key findings of the DIAMOND project:
- People who experience any form of discrimination are very likely to experience lower satisfaction across all aspects related to fairness of service provision
- For female users “feeling safe at any time of the day” is a key variable for user satisfaction
- Safety and security is a particular issue for women in low income groupings and those belonging to an ethnic minority, profiles of women more relying on public transport
- Women’s mobility needs and patterns are diverse and complex, depending on their age, socio-economic status and caregiving roles and this heterogeneity is not often looked at with clarity in national surveys.
In addition, Leva introduced the DIAMOND’s White Paper, based on the main recommendations and results obtained during project execution. This document considers some key issues and actions to move towards a fair inclusive and women-participated mobility and transport system, with the objective to enhance women’s participation as users and employees to support the design of more inclusive and fairer mobility services.
The Joint Committee on Transport and Communications has 14 Members working to allow a more detailed examination of the specific topics related to transport and communications field and to develop expertise in the subject of which committee deals with and to interact more closely with the public.