CREATING CHANGE ONE ACTIVITY AT A TIME
First Women in Transport Leadership Workshop‐Meeting
The WiTL Knowledge Network launched the First Women in Transport Leadership Workshop‐Meeting on 10 March 2017 at the University of the Philippines – National Center for Transportation Studies with Usec. Anneli R. Lontoc, Undersecretary for Roads and Infrastructure of the Department of Transportation as Keynote Speaker.
Making their voices heard, Usec. Lontoc regarded the issues and challenges confronting women in transport and emphasized the need to properly acknowledge and address these in the development of gender-inclusive infrastructures and services. More importantly, Usec. Lontoc encouraged key stakeholders to continue pushing the critical mass of women leaders in transport and establish an enabling environment, which provide more opportunities for women’s active participation. “We should empower women and doing the right way is creating the best diskarte (strategy),” remarked Usec. Lontoc.
The participants to the event discussed in detail the problems and challenges affecting women as well as the contribution of women leaders during the simultaneous workshop sessions conducted. Most of the issues and challenges identified include sexual violence and harassment among women, knowledge gap on gender‐sensitivity issues, lack of consistency and enforcement of women-related programs, and women’s lack of participation in transport decision-making, among others. Download the report here.
Moreover, women leaders’ contribution are directed towards research collaboration, policy‐coordination advocacies, as well as knowledge-sharing and capacity-building on gender-sensitivity issues. Inter-agency participation and coordination between and among the government, the academe and the different civil society and advocacy groups towards attaining an inclusive and sustainable transport system was also given due credence as the initiative of one sector will not suffice without the collaboration of other sectors.
Over 70 stakeholders in the transport sector actively participated in this event. Key recommendations were derived from women leaders representing the Philippines, Australia, Malaysia, and Vietnam who worked hard to inspire, encourage and exhibit initiative towards strengthening women’s active participation and leadership in the transport sector.