Archived Webinar

Freedom to Move - Part II: Navigating the Debate on Segregated Transport (Nov 24, 2020)

Does offering segregated transport for women effectively address wider problem of sexual harassment and assault, or does it only reinforce the very norms that underpin the problem? The public sector has a history of these much-debated gender-segregated offerings, such as women-only train carriages, in some areas. More recently, the private sector is looking to the same solution, trying to attract women as drivers and riders, most notably in the emerging ride-hailing industry. Evidence on these solutions is scarce. This webinar will present three recent studies of public and private segregated transport to shed a more nuanced light on the debate.

About the Presenters

Alexa Roscoe (DC)

Alexa serves as Disruptive Technologies Lead, GIEG at the International Finance Corporation, where she leads a team advising the private sector on how disruptive technologies can open new opportunities emerging markets. Recent initiatives include #Digital2Equal, which brings together 18 leading technology companies operating across the online marketplace, and “Driving Toward Equality”, which combined company data from Uber with surveys of over 11,000 drivers and riders to provide the first global insights into how women participate in the sharing economy. Alexa writes frequently on innovation and emerging markets and is a contributor to sites like The Guardian, The Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Council for Foreign Relations. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a MSc Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from the University of Oxford. Follow her @AlexaRoscoe

Florence Kondylis (DC)

Florence Kondylis manages the Economic Transformation & Growth Unit at Development Impact Evaluation department (DIME) at the World Bank, and she sometimes blog at Development Impact. Her main interests are in development, labor, conflict and agricultural economics. She founded and lead the Bank’s impact evaluation program in Agricultural Adaptations, which she runs in close collaboration with researchers and practitioners across a large number of donor institutions, UN agencies, governments, NGOs, and academic institutions. A full program description is here, and recent presentations of the results from this work are here and here. She also co-founded DIME Analytics to help generate and curate more, better data for impact evaluation. The team now maintains a Wiki and shares content on GitHub (i.e., ieToolkit and LaTeX templates). She studied applied math at Paris Dauphine, received a magistère in economics from Paris 1-ENS Ulm-EHESS, a PhD in economics from the University of London, and I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. She is currently running experiments in the fields of gender, agriculture, justice, infrastructure and transport, and natural resource management.

Shalaka Joshi

Shalaka Joshi is the Gender Lead, South Asia for the International Finance Corporation (IFC)- the private sector focused arm of the World Bank- where she works on gender in the private sector. Shalaka has over 18 years of global leadership experience in early-stage investing, social venture, financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, livelihoods and market-based solutions to poverty in emerging markets, especially in Asia. Her social enterprise career began with UNICEF where she worked on micro-planning and building public- private-nonprofit alliances. She also worked with Ashoka, a global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Her private sector experience includes ICICI Bank - India’s largest private sector bank - where she led the process of integrating private sector partners into the Bank’s initiatives in health, education and micro finance. Shalaka’s investment experience includes being part of the early team at the IFMR Trust and serving as a Managing Director of Unitus Impact (now Patamar Capital)- a fund which supports the growth of scalable livelihood ventures in Asia. Shalaka was also Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for Toniic- the world’s most active network of portfolio investors, supporting ventures and funds across 28 countries. She led Toniic’s expansion into the Asia-Pacific region, as its Chief Investment Officer globally, across asset classes and continued to serve as a Board Director. A Chevening scholar and an Aspen Global Leadership fellow, Shalaka also serves on the global Board and Investment Committee of the Equality Fund (which leverages investment and philanthropy to support global gender equality), the IEF Entrepreneurship Foundation (which works with Indian State governments to mainstream entrepreneurship) and UnLtd, India ( an accelerator for social ventures). She is a part of the Investment council for the Government of India’s Women’s Entrepreneurship platform, the Advisory Council for the global Gender-smart Investing Summit and has recently been accredited as an international mediator from the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK. She is based out of Mumbai, India and enjoys poetry, travel and dance.

Moderator: Mary Dominic

Gender and Transport Consultant IFC Sustainable Infrastructure Advisory

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