One of the highlights of the second day (19th April) of TRA2016 was without doubt the afternoon workshop entitled “Working in transportation – Where are the woman?”, which was organised jointly by the EC and IBDiM. Around 40 participants took part in the meeting, which lasted just over two hours, and aimed to identify the opportunities for women’s employment in the transport job market. The sector is traditionally strong male-dominated, and still the presence of women is at the lowest level among all productive segments.
Jean-Luc di Paola Galloni, Corporate Vice President of the Valeo Group, presented the experiences of a transport supply industry where the implementation of a strong gender mainstreaming plan has proven to be the added value of a balanced work force in achieving innovation and competitiveness goals. He was followed by Ewa Wolniewicz-Warska, Country Sales Manager of Kapsch, who talked about the modern approach to transport and the possibilities opening up for women to take advantage of their virtues and talents. The third speaker, Laurie Pickup, International Projects Director of VECTOS, discussed the new mobility demand arising from the increased needs of equity and accessibility, and the role of women in implementing innovative solutions.
Small group rounds followed these presentations where participants were asked to join conversation tables organised around three main themes:
- How to increase attractiveness for women in transport job market (moderator Ewa Zofka, IBDiM)
- Opportunities offered by the introduction of new technologies (moderator Inés Sanchez de Madariaga, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid)
- Which measures are necessary to increase women’s participation in transport job market. (moderator Madi Sharma, European Economic and Social Committee)
The following key outcomes were concluded from these conversation tables:
- Widespread teleworking needs to be put in place and new mobility products and patterns are needed to improve teleworking
- Female role models need to be rewarded by society to overcome the gender stereotypes
- Bottom up careers for women to increase diversity in the area of transport
- Improved education, for example good European initiatives such as seminars and and awareness on how ICT and technical discplines can benefit
- Opportunities created, for example shift work for customer service representatives within the logistics sector
- How to diminish the harrassment of women in public transport
- Promote women in the decision-making process (social and economic benefits of women being employees)
- Requirement that minority groups, for example women, should be included in the procurement process for public projects
- Change the mentality that women themselves have!
Click here to see the photos from the workshop.