Value Chain Analysis for the Transportation Sector and Development of a Gender Action Plan

Location: Argentina; Bahamas; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; Honduras; Mexico; Latin America

​Cardno helps more women work in the transportation sector across 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

For the Inter-American Development Bank, Cardno is conducting a value chain analysis to assess gender inequalities in the urban, interurban, rural, and aerial transportation sectors in Argentina, The Bahamas, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico and Peru.

The transportation sector is an important contributor to economic growth and plays a vital role in sustainable development. Reliable transportation can improve access to health services, education, and employment, while promoting the exchange of information and fostering social cohesion. Transportation can also increase women’s productivity and promote gender equality. In Latin America and the Caribbean, women typically comprise less than 10% of the construction workforce (in some countries, the rate is closer to 1%).

Through the value chain analysis, Cardno will identify factors that create gender inequality in the transportation job markets of the selected countries. We will then develop a Gender Action Plan (GAP) to generate a distribution of investments in the sector that is more favourable for women—eventually enabling more women to work in transportation-related jobs. The GAP will include capacity building for relevant stakeholders, monitoring and evaluation, and behaviour change activities to create a more inclusive work environment for women. 

Cardno Empowers Women in Latin America

Starting early in 2016, the project has approximately interviewed over 300 women and more than 50 institutions, gathering data on; the types of obstacles and barriers women face in their working life, their career ambitions in non-traditional industry activities, and ideas about gender representation in the sector. Cardno in partnership with Ensome will use the data to outline a bespoke Gender Action Plan, for each participant country, which contain actions that promote gender equality, such as:

  • Promoting gender awareness courses that deal with long-standing stereotypes;
  • Increasing funding for training courses for women in non-traditional job roles;
  • Internships for women in non-traditional job roles; and
  • Changes in the national legal framework, to make this non-discriminatory on the basis of gender.

Setting out these aims and objectives will encourage more women to pursue opportunities to work in the transport sector in Latin America and the Caribbean through increased training, appropriate support and changing social perception.

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