Gender Mainstreaming

Motorcycle taxis have now become part of the urban and rural transportation landscape in sub-Saharan Africa, giving people easier access to their places of work, and to local markets, health and educational facilities. The overwhelming majority of the riders are males, serving what is, in many locations, a majority female clientele. Are the gendered needs of passengers mainstreamed and why are female motorcycle taxi operators still a tiny minority and limited to the more (semi-)urban areas?

Opportunities and obstacles for gender mainstreaming in the rural motorcycle taxi sector

In rural Liberia and Sierra Leone about half of motorcycle taxi passengers are female, with this proportion increasing on market days. However, all motorcycle taxi operators in rural areas are male. Our study, funded by ReCAP/DFID, assessed if and how motorcycle taxis have contributed to the livelihoods of rural women and whether there is appetite among them to become operators themselves. Women nearly universally praised rural motorcycle taxis, indicating that they have made access to markets and (maternal) health much easier. However, while many expressed the desire to become operators themselves, they identified a number of barriers, the most significant being lack of friends or business persons willing to rent motorcycles to female operators.

Publications on gender mainstreaming

JENKINS, J., MOKUWA, E., PETERS, K. & RICHARDS, P. 2021. Rural-urban connectivity strengthens agrarian peace: evidence from a study of gender and motorcycle taxis Sierra Leone. Journal of Agrarian Change. (first published, 6 May 2021) https://doi.org/10.1111/joac.12423