Research on Gender and Public Transport in Nepal
The Government of Nepal (GON), and Department of Transport Management (DOTM) of the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport (MOPIT) had taken an initiative to develop Transport Sector Reform Strategic Plan. The World Bank supported this initiative through Nepal Transport Sector Reform Strategy Study. In order to provide the input for the plan, it was decided to conduct a study to examine gender issues in public transport. For this purpose, FDM was selected as a national consultancy firm. During course of the study, FDM provided technical and logistics support to the researchers and worked closely with the international and national consultant to collect and analyze primary and secondary information. The main focus of the study was to conduct an action research with field researchers actually traveling in public transport vehicles in order to gather first hand experience as well as opinions and prompt response from the public traveling in public transportation. Both the quantitative and qualitative surveys were also conducted traveling on public transport. The information was then verified through a closed focused group discussion among women public transport users, as well as media personnel from electronic and print media such as television, radio, newspapers, who have been covering issues on transportation in Nepal. A documentary on this research is in progress.