SDG 5 – Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all woman and girls

Safe and affordable transport options is a key to increasing women’s participation, education, productivity and health. Transport can also increase employment among women.

In Accra, the capital of Ghana, Scania West Africa are seeking to attract more female bus drivers in order to help even out the gender imbalance in the transport sector together with GAPTE (the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive) and GIZ the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit on behalf of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Selected applicants are trained by the vocational school GTTC (Government Technical Training Centre) in Accra, to get a bus driver’s license free of charge. By the time they graduate they will most likely be offered a position as bus driver for the Aayalolo buses, which are owned and managed by GAPTE.

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 60 women in Accra to a new career opportunity, but also challenge the existing drivers to further improve their performance.”