Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, the first female president of the World Maritime University (WMU), speaks as part of the TUMI’s ‘Remarkable Women in Transport 2021’ report. An article was published on Safety4sea.
Her Early Life
Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Doumbia-Henry served in a number of capacities at the International Labour Organization (ILO) as
- Director of the International Labour Standards Department
- Director of the Sectoral Activities Department
- Senior Legal Officer in the Office of the Legal Adviser.
Gender challenges in the workplace
Dr. Doumbia-Henry upon asked on the role of women in the workplace, “Women are facing such challenges as working conditions and human resources policies transport companies have, that are not designed to mainstream gender”.
Lack of exposure
Historically, urban and transport planners have failed to take gender aspects into consideration and due to a systemic lack of awareness and exposure to career pathways, women continue to be underrepresented in transportation occupations.
Women’s involvement critical to sector-growth
The inclusion of women in the transportation sector is an economic imperative, critical to the sector’s growth and long-term sustainability.
“A diverse workforce including various perspectives is essential to develop and implement gender-responsive mobility systems”, Dr.Henry concludes.
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