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Accepted Paper:

Young women peer researchers, academics and NGOs working together to improve women's safe mobility in Abuja’s periphery.  
Fatima Lamishi Adamu (Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto)Edward O'Connor (Transaid)Plangsat Dayil (University of Jos)Kimberley van der Weijde Gina Porter (Durham University)

Paper short 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 Abuja 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 Abuja city region. Women are currently widely discriminated against with regard to access and use of transport in Abuja (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 related to issues such as danger of kidnap, 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 a 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 INGO staff who have led the final stage of the project involving the pilot skills training interventions. We accredit the success of this paper to a group of young women working under the umbrella of the Abuja Peer Research Team whose contribution was integral to the success of this study. They are:

1. Aisha Mohammed

2. Aishat Umar

3. Hauwa Mohammed

4. Maryam Akoshi Abdullahi

5. Nasirat Umar

6. Patience Bulus

7. Hafsat Adamu

Panel P04
Building justice-oriented partnerships to support vulnerable groups in low-income urban peripheries