Eastern Africa Women in Transportation Conference

Exploring women & transport at the nexus of research, policy & practice

Sign LanguageSign language interpretation will be available during plenary sessions on November 23rd, and in the Research Breakout Session.

Time Topic & Speaker
Thursday, 22nd November
08:30 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:30 Welcome Remarks

Naomi Mwaura, Founding Director, Flone Initiative

Maimunah Mohd. Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat and United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Esther Koimett, Principal Secretary, State Department of Transport

09:30 – 10:30 Panel Discussion

Understanding Women in Transportation: Providing global context and perspectives on the importance of addressing issues impacting women in transportation.

Moderator: Naomi Mwaura, Founding Director, Flone Initiative

Heather Allen, Independent Gender & Transport Consultant

Anne Kamau, University of Nairobi

Sonal Shah, Urban Planner

10:30 – 10:45 Tea Break
10:45 – 11:45 Interactive Discussion

Personal Stories from Transport Operators of Eastern Africa: Hear first-hand the successes and challenges of Eastern Africa’s female transport operators.

Moderator: Anna Karume, International Transportation Workers Federation

Edwina Kwamboka, Conductor, Kenya

Teresa Mumbi, Conductor, Kenya

Judith Kyeyune, Driver, Uganda

Magreth Balele, Conductor, Tanzania

Emma Wanjiru, Boda Boda Driver, Kenya

11:45 – 12:30 Interactive Discussion

Men Supporting Women: What factors contribute to violence in public transportation and what is being done to change them; a men’s perspective.

Moderator: Stephenson Kisingu, International Transportation Workers Federation

Fredrick Nyagah, National Coordinator, Men Engage Kenya Network

Mbugua wa-Mungai (PhD), Senior Lecturer, Kenyatta University

Vincent Menge Ombati, Youth Organizer, Matatu Workers Union

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break – Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts Lobby
13:30 – 13:45 Inspirational Video – “Truck Mama”

Driving a 20-tonne truck in the most notorious highway in East Africa is not for the faint hearted, but Evelyn, a 35-year-old mother of two, conquers this route. Truck driving has become more than a job to her, it is her lifestyle.

13:45 – 14:45 Panel Discussion

My Story: Interventions to help more women in transportation in the areas of cycling, ride-share, motorcycles taxis, mataus and long-distance trucking 

Moderator: Amanda Ngabirano, Public Speaker, Communications Expert & Urban Planning Lecturer, Makerere University

Cezanne Maherali, Head of Policy for Uber East Africa

Sandrine Nikuze, Head of SafeMoto Institute

Claire Clarke, International Transportation Workers Federation

Mary Mwangi, Programs Manager, Flone Initiative

Esenam Nyador, Founder, Miss Taxi Ghana

14:45 – 16:00 Interactive Session – UN Environment

Gender Mainstreaming in Action!: Making it happen – hear from our panelists about how they are practicing gender mainstreaming in reality. 

Moderator: Damaris Mungai, Programme Officer, Gender and Youth, UN Environment, Africa Office

Yunae Yi, Safeguards Advisor, UN Environment

Carly Koinange, Global Programme Lead, Share the Road, UN Environment

Clarisse Cunha Linke, Country Director, ITDP Brazil

Amanda Ngabirano, Public Speaker, Communications Expert & Urban Planning Lecturer, Makerere University

Sonali Vyas, Program Manager, Saftipin

16:00 – 16:30 Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00  Special Performance

Wamama wa Mathree: Stories from Nairobi’s Matatu Women

Written by Carol Odongo | Directed by Veronica Waceke

The play offers a glimpse into the life of Nairobi’s matatu women. Co-created by a group of women working in the matatu industry and inspired by one woman’s perseverance and courage to stand up for herself and others, the play follows her journey from a past filled with violence to her redemption as a leader of women’s rights in the matatu industry.

Friday, 23nd November
08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Welcoming and Introduction Sign Language

Mary Mwangi, Programs Manager, Flone Initiative

09:10 – 09:30 Inspiring Talk – Fighting for a More Just World Sign Language

Clarisse Cunha Linke, Country Director, ITDP Brazil

9:30 – 10:30 Interactive Panel Discussion Sign Language

Women on the Move: Experiences, challenges & solutions of women as commuters and users of public transportation

Moderator: Sonal Shah, Urban Planner

Stephanie Aketch, Regional Road Safety Manager, Humanity & Inclusion

Elizabeth Njoki Kinuthia, Nairobi WIT Operator

Jane Kerubo, Female Nairobi Commuter

Modesta Joseph, Founder, Our Cries

10:30 – 10:45 Tea Break
10:45 – 12:00 High Level Panel Sign Language

Strategies for Overcoming Gender Barriers in Transport

Moderator: Prof. Winnie Mitullah, Associate Research Professor, University of Nairobi

Wanjiku Manyara, Managing Director, Petroleum Institute of East Africa

Iman Abubaker, World Resources Institute, Ethiopia

Dr. Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Stockholm Environment Institute, Kenya

Rehana Moosajee, Director, The Barefoot Facilitator

12:00 – 12:15 Launch: Gender-Sensitive Minibus Services and Transport Infrastructure Toolkit Sign Language

UN Habitat

Flone Initiative

12:15 – 12:30 Intro: Breakout Sessions & 10 Principles of Women in Transport Sign Language

Zahra Kassam, CEO & Founder, KUWA and Verena Flures, GIZ

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch Break – Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts Lobby
13:30 – 15:30 Breakout Sessions – Problem solving sessions pertaining to research, policy, practice & innovation

Policy (Main Auditorium) 

Moderator: Dr. Rocio Diaz-Chavez, Stockholm Environment Institute

Practice (Breakout Room #1, Fifth Floor)

Moderator: Anne Atambo, C4DLab

Innovation (Breakout Room #2, Fifth Floor)

Moderator: Elizabeth Resor, PHD Student

Research (Breakout Room #3, Fourth Floor) Sign Language

Moderator: Jeff Turner, Theme Leader, Gender, Inclusion & Vulnerable Groups, High Volume Transport Research Programme, UK

15:30 – 16:00 Group Discussion & Reflections from Breakouts Sign Language

Zahra Kassam, CEO & Founder, KUWA

16:00 – 16:15 Closing Remarks Sign Language
16:16 – 17:00 Networking Tea & Snacks