Education and Awareness

Knowledge powers change

 

 

Why is this important?

Education and awareness are key components in the process of tackling gender equality in transportation. To develop strategies and make informed decisions on areas of action to overcome gender inequality, we must first generate an industry wide understanding and awareness of the issue. Collectively this will help to increase support and mobilise action in the sector and generate a fundamental shift in how the industry considers gender in its work.

 

The change process:

Understand

Generate Awareness

Collectively Enact Change

Drivers for change:

  • Educate yourself. Gain an understanding of gender equality issues in the industry by researching the challenges and lived experiences of women as transport users.
     

  • Listen, learn and discuss. Never underestimate the power of conversation. Begin conversations on this topic with people in the industry and listen to different people's viewpoints and ideas. Share this toolkit and the resources it contains with people you know in the industry.
     

  • Adopt an intersectional lens when considering gender equality. Intersectionality allows us to recognise and understand that women are not a homogenous group and will all have different lived experiences of discrimination, oppression and disadvantage because of their unique social identities. Without adopting an intersectional lens when tackling gender equality, we will not see and understand the ways in which inequalities are interlinked, causing them to be continually perpetuated.  
     

  • Tackle unconscious bias and avoid making assumptions. As transport professionals we can often make assumptions or decisions based on our own experiences or what we perceive others to experience. To stop this we must become aware of and overcome our own unconscious bias.
     

  • Challenge the status quo and business as usual. To address this challenge we need to transition away from business as usual. We must challenge the status quo to ensure that gender is considered in all of the work that the sector carries out.

     

 

What is intersectionality?

A concept first developed by Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, intersectionality can be defined as: "the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups" (Merriam-Webster, 2021).

Hear from Mark Frost, Chair of the Transport Planning Society
 

"The joy and strength of our industry is that we do draw on a very wide range of expertise, from geographers to engineers, via planners and marketing experts - however, unfortunately too many of our personal backgrounds still look very similar. We must improve actual diversity, diversity of thought and more generally our approach to inclusion and the representation of seldom heard voices when developing our schemes and policies if we have any chance of bringing the public with us in a way that tackles rather than exacerbates inequality."

"This gender equality toolkit is a vital contribution to this endeavour and I encourage all practitioners to take the time to familiarise themselves with its recommendations and put those into practice."

 

Key resources: 

We have gathered a range of different resources around the subject of gender equality and transport to aid industry education and awareness.

Articles and Books

Modern Headphones

Podcasts and Videos

professional developmnet training sessio

Training