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Image of Ruth Cadbury speaking at APPG for Women in Transport event

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Women in Transport has announced it will curate a policy paper highlighting best practice on gender diversity.

The paper was announced by Ruth Cadbury MP, Chair of the APPG, at an event in Parliament last week. 

Launching the paper, Ruth Cadbury said:

"An important part of the APPG's work is showcasing best practice examples of transport sector employers that are leading the way on gender diversity.

"I’m pleased to announce that later this year, the APPG will publish a policy paper highlighting best practice and providing a snapshot of what it is like to be a woman in the transport industry in 2019."

Ruth Cadbury also explained the reasons for forming the cross-party group to address women's under-representation:

"Nearly 1.5 million people work in transport and logistics in the UK. While the picture has improved in recent years, women represent just one-fifth of the workforce. The issue is particularly acute in engineering, where women represent just 12 per cent of the workforce – this is the lowest in Europe.

"That means the transport sector is missing out on the talents, abilities and expertise of half of the population. Likewise, the rewarding opportunities a career in transport offers, enhancing the quality of life for people around the world, are not available to women and girls in the same way they are for men.

"It also means we are missing out on the benefits brought to transport schemes that women are involved in planning, designing, delivering, and operating. Transport is used by everyone, so a diverse range of views is needed to shape and inform transport at all stages to enable it to be successful."

The APPG held the event with the Transport Select Committee and Women in Transport, for International Women's Day. 

Parliamentarians and around 60 senior women from the transport sector attended the networking reception. It aimed to help the Select Committee address the under-representation of women in their work. Only one in three witnesses to Select Committee inquiries are women, according to the most recent evidence from the Liaison Committee.

We are supporting Women in Transport in curating the white paper on best practice on recruiting and retaining women in the transport sector. This forms part of our work as secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Transport. Have you got a great example from your organisation to share? Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to contribute a case study for inclusion in the whitepaper or signpost an existing resource.