Ministers in the Department for Transport send call to action for women. To become leaders in bid for gender equality; post-International Women’s Day (8th March).
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day has been #BalanceforBetter. This bids to fight for ‘a gender-balanced world’ where ‘everyone has a part to play’ (IWD, 2019). This is an industry infamously majority-male. With only 18% of women accounting for overall transport workforce, Transport Ministers have called for more women within the sector as numbers are continually declining.
Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, states “it is unacceptable…there are some good initiatives across all transport sectors. But it is clear much more needs to be done by the industry. To provide opportunities for women, as we work with them to better understand the reasons behind poor female representation across the transport workforce”.
Katie Hulland, Women in Transport president, speaks on this matter too. For instance, she reveals, “it’s essential we understand why this is happening and identify practical measures will create a more balanced workforce that reflects the UK population. We believe collaboration across the sector and governmental support is the key to unlocking the potential talent pool women offer”.
Grayling also suggests that a discussion to work on this, within the Department of Transport will help the transport industry. He says they will “develop plans to bring more women into the sector and help ensure the widest possible talent from across the whole of society is engaged and able to access the great careers the transport sector offers”.
Kinaxia and Gender Equality
Here at Kinaxia, we encourage the recruitment of females within all departments. For instance, Mark Thompson Transport recently recruiting a young female apprentice, the enrolment of women is proactively encouraged. Furthermore, campaigns which focus on targeting female drivers are in the making and females in managerial positions are integral to our workforce. In conclusion, we hope to lead as an example in an industry that benefits highly from women in the workforce. To continually trail blaze these values for the future of Kinaxia Logistics.