Study Highlights Need to Focus More on Women’s Mobility Concerns

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Research compiled by the World Economic Forum sheds new light on the unique challenges that women face when it comes to mobility initiatives. More importantly, the report provides some much-needed insight that can be used to help improve mobility for women.

  • The World Economic Forum looked at several studies, illustrating how mobility is not gender neutral.
  • An independent study conducted by the World Economic Forum confirmed previous studies citing the challenges women face with mobility.
  • The World Economic Forum found that the responsibility of taking care of family is one of the biggest factors that impact the mobility of women.

A new report by the World Economic Forum suggests that not enough is being done to address the concerns of women amid the growing number of mobility initiatives.

The international group, which references a few studies in its report, identifies a number of key factors that need to be considered when it comes to creating a more efficient and safer mobility ecosystem for women.

Woman Getting Into Ride-ShareStudies show that the issues that affect women in the world of mobility are not limited to one specific group. (Photo: Uber)

According to the report, women tend to face greater challenges with mobility, than men, due to factors such as time and economic status and their need to make multiple trips, often using a variety of different modes in a day.

For example, a woman’s evening commute in a major city could consist of catching a subway from work to school to pick up their child from kindergarten; walking five blocks from kindergarten to pick up another child from school; catching a taxi or Uber with the kids to the supermarket to pick up something for dinner; then hopping back on another subway line to get home.

The World Economic Report team, which conducted its own study group of 40 women in Berlin to discuss their challenges when moving about, also found that safety is a major issue for as it relates to mobility.


The World Economic Forum report further highlights the need for companies and groups to take factors like gender, economic status and race into account when developing new mobility products, services and initiatives. It also speaks of how a more comprehensive approach to creating new mobility ideas could help to address some longstanding systemic issues in society.

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