European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc is inviting transport stakeholders and governments' transport representatives to the High-Level Conference "Towards a more inclusive and diverse transport sector". The aim of the conference, which takes place in Brussels on 26 September, is to promote diversity and to raise awareness of its importance.
Participation of CEOs from various transport companies and agencies, workers' representatives, transport ministers, and other high-level politicians will ensure a fruitful brainstorming with the Commissioner on ‘Inclusive and gender-balanced leadership for 21st-century transport’.
Commissioner Bulc will then launch a wide network of EU diversity ambassadors for the transport sector. The network requires ambassadors with diverse profiles, from all genders, living all over Europe and representing all transport sectors.
What is the role of diversity ambassadors?
Their main task will be to promote the importance of having diverse workforces for the transport sector. They will disseminate information about measures that can be taken (see for instance the examples listed under the Webpage of the Women in Transport-EU Platform for Change. Ambassadors will also be encouraged to take various other initiatives at their level, bearing in mind the need to keep things flexible to accommodate each ambassador’s circumstances.
Who can be a diversity ambassador?
Anyone committed to the idea of achieving more diversity in the transport sector! The network would like to attract ambassadors from all genders, representing all transport sectors. Ambassadors’ profiles should be diverse; from students to female and male transport workers, from technicians to managers. Civil servants, politicians, civil society associations and academics are also welcome to join the network. There is no selection process, as such - and the network relies on individual commitments. Ambassadors with sufficient command of the English language to ease communication between ambassadors are very welcome.
Those who are not able to participate but would still like to be an ambassador should send an e-mail to MOVE-MORE-WOMEN-IN-TRANSPORT@ec.europa.eu
The conference will take place in the congress & meeting centre The Egg (Bara Street 175, 1070 Brussels) on 26 September 2019 between 9:45 to 17:15.