Gender transport poverty in Low-Middle Income Countries (LMICs) is a challenging problem, perpetuating cycles of gender inequality. In LMICs, although all citizens are affected by inadequate transport provision, the effects on women are greater, leading to cycles of inequality and lack of access to opportunities such as employment, education and healthcare. Women’s overall health and wellbeing is negatively affected in a number of ways which are simply not understood by countries not in the global south.
- they may suffer psychological stress and anxiety related to journey planning – where they may be closely questioned about their journeys, have to make contingency plans, ensure that their routes are safe and secure, and pay more for safe, secure transport
- they travel for longer (if private or on demand forms of transport are unavailable) and are subjected to higher levels of pollutants and environmental stresses
- their safety is compromised in a number of ways e.g. in traffic accidents caused by overcrowding and lack of regulations, clothes which encumber them, and sexual harassment
- the need for hypervigilance in societies where women are not welcomed on transport or in the public realm, making them the target of theft, sexual harassment, kidnapping and rape
- exhaustion from carrying the dual burdens of employment and house care where transport poverty adds yet another burden to women and hinders relaxation time
Given the above, it is somewhat surprising that little research has been published that looks at the effects of gender transport poverty on health and wellbeing in LMICs. Papers which deal with issues around transport and LGBTQI+ and intersectionality are especially welcome.
Papers can be qualitative, quantitative and intersectional studies, case studies and state of the art reviews which provide insights into this neglected area; how to conduct gender-based studies in LMICs and examples of how changes can be made.
Deadlines and timelines
- Until September 30th 2020 Submission of abstract or 2-page outline of the paper to Andree, A.Woodcock@coventry.ac.uk. Including authors and contact details. We will be happy to receive this before the deadline: Please include subject line: JTH.LMIC
- October 30th 2020 Approval notification to submit a full paper and formatting instructions sent out
- December 20th 2020 Full paper submission deadline
- February 27th 2021 Feedback from first review
- April 15th 2021 Deadline for final paper
- May 30th 2021 Final acceptance deadline
Many thanks, we look forward to hearing from and working with you,
Your coediting team
Andree Woodcock, A.Woodcock@coventry.ac.uk
Yong Adilah Binti Shamsul Harumain , firstname.lastname@example.org
Lin Lin, Lin.Lin@xjtlu.edu.cn