Attracting more women to transport sector work
1 December, 2017
Increasing employment for women and creating equal prospects in the transport sector, where now just 22% of workers are females, is the aim of the EU Platform for Change that was kicked off on 27 November in Brussels by Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc and EESC President Georges Dassis.
The platform is giving transport companies and organisations the possibility to highlight their initiatives for gender equality and to exchange good practices. Increasing the number of women in decision-making positions, better work-life balance, zero tolerance to violence, and equal recruitment, pay and career chances are among its specific objectives. There is a huge potential for the sector to improve equal opportunities, Commissioner Bulc pointed out.
Saying that seeking to improve equality in transport is rather an economic and social imperative, Dassis stressed that the platform can only be the first step to empower and strengthen the role of women in the sector.
The EESC opinion on Women and Transport – Platform for change, whose rapporteur is Madi Sharma, suggests that the platform should not be a “talking-shop” as it is a process designed for stakeholders to discuss challenges and commit to auditable actions.