You don’t have to be a public health expert to recognize the dangers of travel in Mozambique, where drivers maneuver at high speeds on crowded, poorly maintained roads. “Every day, we see more accidents because of this crazy way of driving,” says Francelina Romão, an advisor on gender issues to the Health Minister of Mozambique.

Romão offers a solution that incorporates data analysis, gender equity, and common sense in roughly equal measure: Put more women behind the wheel. She has...

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