We know that violence against women in the transport industry is perpetrated by colleagues, managers, vehicle owners, local authorities and even the police. The power and control which lie beneath this violence and the silencing tactics that perpetrators use, mean that many survivors find it incredibly difficult to talk about. Many stay silent. Societal attitudes about violence against women and women not belonging in the transport industry also serve as powerful barriers for women speaking out about their experiences of violence. Male domination of jobs and management often results in a workplace culture where women are under pressure to prove their competence. This makes speaking up about harassment and other forms of violence they face, at work or at home, even more challenging.
We understand this and we are working to provide a way for workers to share their personal stories anonymously and safely. Anonymised stories can help us feel less alone and can be a source of inspiration and power. As part of this ILO Convention campaign they can help us, as the ITF, demonstrate the true impact of violence on workers lives. Follow our blog for further updates on this work.
We want to increase pressure on employers and governments to take action on violence against women transport workers and to do this we need to show a true picture of what it looks like as well as demonstrate the impact on women. As women activists we’ve got a unique opportunity to provide a collective narrative on what is happening in countries and sectors and contribute to this campaign right now.
Make a short video telling us what violence against women looks like in your country and transport sector and share it on social media. We’re on Facebook (ITF Women) and Twitter @ITF_Women. Remember to use #ITFwomen #ILOConvention #VAW. Here’s a great example of Heather telling us about sexual harassment in civil aviation in the USA.