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Paper short abstract:
We reflect on a three-year collaboration between young unemployed women, academics and NGO staff in an interdisciplinary action research study focused on improving women's access to safe travel and transport in the Tunis city region.
Paper long abstract:
This paper reflects on a three-year collaboration between young unemployed women, academics and NGO staff in an interdisciplinary action research study focused on improving women's access to safe travel and transport in the Tunis city region. Women are currently widely discriminated against with regard to access and use of transport in Tunis (as in many other African cities), but for young women resident in low-income peripheral areas the travel hurdles are particularly substantial. Major concerns around safety and security, combined with wider problems associated with expensive, low quality, irregular transport services, severely reduce young women’s access to training and work opportunities. Working with the peer research team as active partners we have engaged with a wider group of stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors involved in the city’s transport planning. Our aim has been to open a space where young women can contribute to transport decision-making in their city, and thus help address the transport and travel challenges that have such negative impact on their lives and life chances. We aim to chart the experiences and reflections of three different groups of actors – the peer researchers themselves, the academics who led the initial peer research training and set up the consultative group meetings, and the local and INGO staff who have led the final stage of the project involving the pilot skills training interventions.
Building justice-oriented partnerships to support vulnerable groups in low-income urban peripheries