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Listening to women while planning for development: Real life experience from China

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Also available in: 中文
“Women hold up half of the sky,” Chairman Mao said. So when it comes to development, it is important to listen to women – who generally make up half of our beneficiaries – and understand their views, preferences and needs. As we celebrate International Women’s Day this week, I’m sharing some of my experience helping to increase gender awareness in World Bank-supported projects in China.

When we designed activities for the Ningbo Sustainable Urbanization Project, we carried out consultations with groups of men and women to make sure the proposed public transport system benefitted both equally. It was interesting to find that most men wanted wider roads with higher speed, while women cared more about the location of bus stops and adequate lighting on the bus.. Thanks to these consultations, we adjusted the locations of bus stops to be closer to the entrance of residential communities and reduce walking distance for bus riders. In response to the light request, we made sure that new buses purchased for the project had sufficient lighting for night use.
Conducting consultation with local women in Qianhuang village, Ningo, China.

在设计发展项目的同时倾听妇女心声:来自中国的真实体验

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毛主席曾指出:“妇女能顶半边天“。具体到设计发展项目而言,重要的是要倾听妇女心声,了解其意见、偏好和需求, 因为我们力求妇女占世行贷款项目受益人的半数 。 鉴于本周我们庆祝国际妇女节,我谨分享我帮助提升世行对华贷款项目下性别意识方面的部分经验。

当初在设计宁波可持续城镇化项目有关活动过程中,我们 与多个男性和女性小组开展了磋商,目的在于确保拟建公共交通系统平等惠及男女两性。有趣的是,我们发现,男性大多希望修建速度更快、路面更宽的道路,而女性则更多关注公交车站点位置和车上配有足够的照明设施……。得益于此类磋商,我们调整了站点位置,使其距居民小区入口处更近,减少乘客步行距离。我们确保了本项目下新购车辆配有足够的夜间用照明设施。
项目组成员与宁波市宁海县前黄村村民交谈