Why does the transport sector not avail more fully of the energy, experience and insights of women? What is stopping women from choosing transport as a career area?
Women account for only 17.5% of the workforce in EU urban public transport for example, and hold less than 10% of technical and operational jobs. In the United States, women comprise only 15% of transport and related occupations and only 4.6% of commercial truck drivers are women.
More women in the transport workforce means more talent, wider vision, enhanced innovation, a more focused approach to gender requirements in access to transport and mobility, and improved responsiveness to the transport needs and preferences of women, including issues related to safety and security.
At the 2015 Summit, participants in the session on “Women in Transport” - ministers, business leaders and civil society - insisted that a strong transport system depends on a vibrant, innovative and diverse workforce that includes both women and men. Achieving this implies encouraging female entrepreneurship, promoting equal opportunity in educational programmes, improving part-time working conditions, implementing high-quality family friendly policies, and being open to new ideas.
This year the debate on women in transport will focus on innovative solutions to attract and retain talent:
This networking lunch session, to encourage lively exchange and debate, will last 1h 30 minutes and it will host approximately 100 participants sitting at round tables (8-10 participants per table). The session debate will be led by a moderator, and each table will be hosted by one speaker or discussion leader.
Please note that registration for this event is now closed.
Director General, Airports Council International
Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden
Head of Business Development Europe, SilverRail Technologies
Vice-President Corporate Social Responsibility, Renault
Minister of Transport, South Africa
OECD Chief of Staff, Sherpa to the G20