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There is no question about the validity of this sentiment:gender equality is essential for a thriving, successful society.
We know that public transport tends to be seen as a male-dominated sector. Over the past few years, however, UITP and its members have madevarious commitments to break this pattern, to encourage and empowermore women working in the sector, andimprove the gender balance.
We have refused “manels”, we’ve partnered with other organisations and labour unions to release recommendations, we launched aglobal campaignPT4MEwith the support of our partners at theWorld Bankwhich continues to evolve and push for more equality, we’vemade huge improvements in the gender-balance among the speakersat our key events, and in many other ways, we have taken up our role as “the voice of public transport” to lead this important change in our sector.
This year, forInternational Women’s Day(8 March 2020), held under the theme #EachforEqual, we are reminded that collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
UITP takes this opportunity to reiterate thenine key recommendationswe released together with theInternational Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)in 2019. These recommendations guide the public transport sector to better implement amore inclusive work environment for women.
To take these recommendations one step further, we are pleased to release our latestAction Points,How to build a diverse and inclusive sector. This paper provides a better understanding of thebenefits of diversity and inclusionin a company or organisation, as well asbuilds upon our previous recommendationsin order to achieve this.
While companies have to comply with standards on a national level, many public transport operators and authorities choose to go above and beyond. As an addendum to the Action Points paper, UITP and its members in the Business and Human Resource Management Committee have createda diversity and inclusion case study toolboxhighlighting an array of best practices across the sector.
Despite growing initiatives to include more women in our sector—from front-line staff to upper management and city leaders—we still have much work to do to improve our current gender balance.
We are doing our part, and choose to be#EachforEqual.Are you with us?
Stay tunedto our social media accounts (@UITPnews) this weekend as we share#PT4ME videosand more messages for International Women’s Day!
Want a more hands-on learning approach? Register forthe UITP training programme on Diversity and Inclusionin Hamburg, Germany from 27-29 April!