9 March 2023
European Parliament – Brussels
Room ASP 1G2 15.00-17.00


Gender-based violence and harassment largely affect peoples’ mobility patterns. To guarantee high-quality, accessible and affordable public transport for all, a gender-sensitive approach to transport policy is necessary. First, we will present a study about the best policies to better integrate the gender perspective into transport and mobility policy development.
After that, we will hear from female workers about their working conditions in transport. Female transport workers face issues such as sexual harassment and violence, an unhealthy work-life balance, informal and precarious working conditions and poor facilities. Therefore, it is no surprise that women’s share in the entire transport industry workforce is only 22%. Participants will share their views and experiences on reversing this reality and making the sector fit for women workers.

Interpretation in English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Czech and Greek


Overcoming gender-based barriers in transport and mobility
Welcoming and moderation: Elena Kountoura, MEP, The Left TRAN coordinator

15:00 – 16:00 “Mobility for all. How to better integrate the gender perspective into transport policy making” – Study presentation

  • Silvia Sansonetti, Fondazione Giacomo Brondolini Rome, author of the study
  • Roberta Paoletti, Fondazione Giacomo Brondolini Rome, author of the study
  • Maria Chiara Leva, TU Dublin, Diamond Project on Revealing actionable knowledge from data
  • Ilia Iatrou, Moms+ in the street, Athens

Closing remarks and Q&A: Joao Pimenta Lopes, MEP

16:00- 17:00 Making the transport sector fit for women workers

  • Isobel Duxfield, POLIS Network, Cities and Regions for Transport Innovation
  • Catarina Cardoso, Member of the Portuguese Railways Workers’ Committee
  • Sabine Trier, Head of Policies and Gender Equality for the European Transport Workers Federation

Closing remarks and Q&A: Leila Chaibi, MEP