Safe and affordable transport options is a key to increasing women’s participation, education, productivity and health. Transport can also increase employment among women.
Scania believes in a gender-balanced workforce which offers equal career opportunities for men and women. In West Africa, Scania is playing a leading role in reducing the gender gap in Ghana’s transport industry. Nearly 100 women have trained to become bus or truck drivers in the Ghanaian capital Accra through the Scania campaigns ‘Women moving the city’ and ‘Women moving trucks’.
Accra has a population of around four million inhabitants, yet professional female drivers amount to just a decimal percentage of all of the drivers on the road.
‘Women moving the city ’ is a campaign initiated by Scania West Africa in partnership with the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) and the German international development organisation Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The campaign aims to boost the number of women drivers in the city’s public transport system by offering participants special tailor-made training for female bus drivers. In addition to learning how to drive safely, participants also learn how to drive efficiently to help reduce fuel costs.
Managing Director of Scania West Africa, Fredrik Morsing: “Scania has a high ambition to offer equal career opportunities to men and women. We believe a more balanced workforce with more women driving buses in Accra, will have a positive impact on traffic safety and customer service. We hope that this initiative will not only be an opportunity for at least 100 women in Accra to a new career opportunity, but also challenge the existing drivers to further improve their performance.”