Why it’s time to address gender imbalance in the transport industry
Tamara Eelsing, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at STIB, the public transport operator in Brussels, Belgium explains how the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group she heads at UITP, is proud to be doing its part on challenging the gender imbalance in leadership.
Why place the focus on women in leadership? I am sure those of us working towards bringing a better gender balance to their own sector are familiar with this question.
For me, it is simple; the research and evidence available tell us what a gender-balanced management and staff brings to the workplace. Multiple studies have proven that gender-balanced boardrooms lead to better results, regardless of the sector. A balance within leadership brings complementary visions and skills, which leads to better decision making, more creativity and innovation. Besides, women in leadership are great role models for women inside and outside their companies.
Many industries face the same daily struggles with bringing about gender equality. Public transport is no different. So why place a focus on women in leadership? I think the answer is quite clear.
Issue 2 2021
Tamara de Bruecker