Transport as gendered employment practice in sub-Saharan Africa

When it comes to gender equality in employment, transport as a sector has done very poorly. Overall employment statistics can be difficult to find in sub-Saharan Africa, given the informal nature of much employment but the fact remains that women are under-represented across the sector. The transport sector is a cornerstone of the infrastructure necessary for the delivery of goods and services. It further provides access to skills acquisition and income generation. The lack of visible female engagement in the transport sector has stemmed from a male-dominated and male-oriented system insensitive to gender-specific needs of half of the world’s population. This has, in turn, impacted women’s access to healthcare services, education opportunities, employment opportunities and on their general wellbeing.

The lack of visible female leadership in the transport sector has only served to further exacerbate the negative perception of women who are employed in the transport sector.

Negative perceptions about women’s competencies in areas such as leadership, accounting, and mechanical/vehicle operation run deep and are perpetuated by both men and women. This project highlights some of the underlying barriers to women’s success in the transport sector and some of the existing and potential opportunities for the advancement of gender equality.

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