ETF’s reply to International Transport Forum Consultation stresses urgent need to make transport fit for women to work in

4 Mar 2021

In view of their 2021 Summit, the International Transport Forum (ITF) launched their Annual Gender in Transport Consultation to bring together all perspectives needed to advance gender equality in the transport sector. As an ITF stakeholder, ETF took part in the virtual Consultation on 11/02 and sent in a written contribution focussing how to make the transport sector attractive for women to work in and on the impacts of COVID-19 on women transport workers.

The input from stakeholders will be used to shape the gender angle and programme of the 2021 ITF Summit: Transport Innovation for Sustainable Development: Reshaping Mobility in the Wake of Covid-19.

This year, the thematic scope of the consultation focusses on COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on women given the existing gender inequality in the transport sector and how innovation can address these challenges.

ETF’s contribution highlights the findings from our survey of around 3,000 women transport workers and underlines the need to make the sector fit and fair for women workers. Innovation must contribute to ending gender-based occupational segregation by:

  • Mainstreaming a gender-responsive approach into transport policy at all levels
  • Strengthening social dialogue to eliminate discrimination and unequal treatment
  • Promoting work-life balance
  • Improving women’s health and safety at work
  • Ending violence and harassment against women at work

Further reading: Making the Transport Sector Fit for Women to Work in

ETF’s contribution can be downloaded to your right.