TRANSPORT: Launch of gender equality platform in transport sector

Nov 27 2017
Brussels, 27/11/2017 (Agence Europe) – On Monday 27 November, Violeta Bulc, the European Commissioner for Transport, Georges Dassis, the President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Kadri Simson, the Estonian Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure and Karima Delli, who previously chaired the European Parliament’s transport committee, launched the European Union for Change.

 

The objective of this European initiative is to support women’s employment and equality in the transport area, given the fact that only 22% of people currently working in this sector throughout the European Union are women. The platform is also made up of civil society organisations and will help companies and charities highlight initiatives promoting gender equality and the exchange of good practices.

Platform stakeholders also signed a “declaration ensuring equal opportunities for men and women in the transport sector”.

Commissioner Bulc asserted, “There is a huge potential for the sector to improve equal opportunities and I am excited that companies and organisations agree on this and are committing themselves to the increase of female employment”. Karima Delli highlighted the importance of “better integration of women in the sector” as part of “the expansion of platforms in the collaborative economy and the emergence of autonomous and connected cars”.  (Original version in French by Lucas Tripoteau)



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