Bus driver Charlotte is fulfilling a childhood dream
17 OCTOBER 2018
Charlotte Bayn is one of the first female bus drivers in Ghana’s capital Accra, but she took a unusual route to get there. She had nearly finished her four-year-long training to become an accountant, although she didn’t hesitate to change careers when the opportunity came along. “I’ve wanted to drive buses and trucks since I was a child,” she says.
Charlotte earned a bus driver’s licence free of charge by taking part in “Women moving the city!”. It’s a campaign initiated by Scania West Africa, the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Scania believes in a balanced workforce
“Scania’s goal is to offer equal career opportunities to men and women. We believe in a balanced workforce, and more women driving buses in Accra will have a positive impact on traffic safety and customer service,” says Fredrik Morsing, Managing Director, Scania West Africa.
Read more: Scania empowers women to move the city of Accra
Accra’s population has grown to over four million inhabitants, and there’s been a big increase in the city’s traffic. Charlotte is happy, though – driving a bus is a fulfilment of her lifelong dream.
“Behind the steering wheel, I’m happy. I’m cool.”
The campaigns “Women moving the city” and “Women moving trucks” aim to reduce the gender gap in Ghana’s transport industry. Nearly 100 women have trained to become bus or truck drivers in the capital Accra.