Transport and mobility are central to trade facilitation, sustainable development and economic growth. Developing all available human capital and leveraging all talent is vital to enhancing the transportation industry’s competitiveness and supply chain performance. Yet, participation of women in the transport sector is still very low; women account for only 17.5% of the workforce in EU urban public transport and hold less than 10% of technical and operational jobs.
More women means bringing more talent to transport and a broader view conducive to innovation and moving into the future. Women’s skills and perceptions are key to addressing different gender requirements in access to transport and mobility, responsiveness of transport systems to the needs and preferences of women, including safety and security.
This networking breakfast session featured the importance of integrating the perspective of women in the design of transport policies and initiatives. It highlighted innovative projects enabling inclusive and sustainable growth of transport, while enhancing greater gender equality in the sector.
Why does “Mobility for a connected world” imply a need for more women in the sector? What are the examples of some successful initiatives that demonstrate this? What is transport-specific about the gender issues? What are the catalysts for change in order for transport to be become more inclusive and gender balanced? How can international organisations, such as the International Transport Forum, support this aim? These questions were at the heart of the debate that brought together a number of remarkable women and men leaders who are inspiring change and innovation in the transport sector. The speakers and discussion leaders included transport Ministers, policy makers, business, entrepreneurs, civil society and academia, among them:
- Mr. Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport, New Zealand
- Ms. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Canada (via video message)
- Ms. Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation, United States
- Ms. Robin Chase, Founder Zipcar, Veniam
- Ms. Mary Crass, Head of Policy and Summit Preparation, ITF
- Ms. Ann Frye, Director, Ann Frye Ltd
- Ms. Fabienne Herlaut, Senior Advisor Ernst & Young
- Ms. Jessica Jung, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Bombardier Transportation GmbH
- Ms. Silvia Maffii, Managing Director, TRT transporti e territorio, Transport Planning, Polytechnic of Milan, the CIVITAS project “Gender Equality and Mobility”
Planning and Designing Transport Systems to Ensure Safe Travel for Women, ITF Discussion Paper 2014
Gender and Transport, ITF Discussion Paper 2011
International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation (WIiT), 2014
“Gender equality and mobility: mind the gap!”; CIVITAS Policy Paper