This monograph addresses the challenges facing policy and its implementation in respect of women, development and transport by concentrating on selected sites in the rural Eastern Cape province of South Africa. A key indicator in social, political and economic development, transport is not simply about mobility and infrastructure, but also about socio-cultural roles and responsibilities that impede the development of women and girl children. The study provides original perspectives, via established methodologies and through the use of time-use diaries, on the important social, economic and cultural barriers that confirm women's negative experiences as effects of patriarchal power. Insights gained during the research are directed towards not only transport infrastructure in the Eastern Cape, but also to poverty alleviation, gender mainstreaming and intervention in respect of violence against women, a direct experience of the transport-and travel-related activities of women. This rich empirical evidence is reinforced by appropriate recommendations to provide valuable impetus for national policy and planning.
Cheryl-Ann Potgieter is the director of the gender and development unit at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), and she is an associate professor in psychology at the University of Pretoria. Renay Pillay is a researcher in the gender and development unit of the HSRC. Sharmla Rama is a research specialist in the child, youth, family, and social development research program at the HSRC and a former assistant director at Statistics South Africa.