Methodology

Women on the move 2018

Scope

The Thomson Reuters Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Thomson Reuters, the world’s largest news and information provider, conducted a survey in five of the world’s biggest commuter cities that have an underground train system or metro as ranked by daily rides and in five different cultural regions – Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and Asia.

We set out to find the key concerns that women have using public and private transport in these cities – and ask what action could be taken to address these issues so that women have access to a safe, efficient transport system to travel to work, school or healthcare.

In each of the five cities, we spoke to 200 women commuters in three to four different areas to get their views.

Questions we asked

Question 1 Which of the following issues most concerns you about using public and private transport?

a) Safety    b) Time    c) Cost    d) Infrastructure    e) Other

Question 2 How long on average do you spend travelling to work/school each day?

_____ Minutes

Question 3 The cost of public transport in my city is:

a) Cheap    b) Reasonable    c) Expensive

Question 4 The time it takes to get to work/study has influenced my decision over taking/staying in a job

a) Agree    b) Not Sure    c) Disagree

Question 5 The cost of transport has influenced my decision over taking or staying in a job/study

a) Agree    b) Not Sure    c) No

Question 6 The length of my commute allows me to comfortably juggle work and family life

a) Agree    b) Not Sure    c) Disagree

Question 7 I feel confident that I can travel on transport in my city without sexual harassment/abuse

a) Very Confident    b) Confident    c) Neither    d) Not Confident    e) Very Unconfident

Question 8 I feel confident that I can travel on transport in my city without risk of sexual violence

a) Very Confident    b) Confident    c) Neither    d) Not Confident    e) Very Unconfident

Question 9 I feel confident that a fellow traveler would come to my assistance if I was being harassed

a) Very Confident    b) Confident    c) Neither    d) Not Confident    e) Very Unconfident

Question 10 Do you travel on public transport at night?

a) Always    b) Sometimes    c) Never

Question 11 Do you travel on private transport at night?

a) Always    b) Sometimes    c) Never

Question 12 The emergence of ride hailing apps has improved my ability to get around the city

a) Agree    b) Not Sure    c) Disagree

Question 13 Women only sections on trains or buses would improve the safety of women

a) Agree    b) Not Sure    c) Disagree

Question 14 I am confident travellers would give up a seat for a pregnant/elderly women without being asked

a) Very Confident    b) Confident    c) Not Sure    d) Not Confident    e) Never Happens

The Polling and Sampling

The questionnaire was drafted by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. The results were based on 200 respondents in each country who were polled on the streets of each city between August 13-24 by local researchers. In total 1,000 women were surveyed. All women were asked to comment on their views and were given the option to give their answers anonymously or to be identified by name. The poll was supported by Uber.

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Researchers

Giulia Basana, Lluvia Cristerna, Menatallah Elagamy, Barbara Maimone, Natalia Munro, Machel Reid, Grace Santos, Kaustubh Shankar.