If we go by this year’s theme of International Women’s day promoting equity, then that is something we need to work on to create an inclusive workforce in the traffic/transport segment. Not that there are not enough opportunities or openings, it is just that enough efforts are not made to create awareness about the career paths that can be worked around right from traffic management to supervising the road construction sites. In India, we do have women who lead traffic technology companies, do road related research, engage in town planning, drive trucks/buses & autos or work as transport administrators. Talking to Mangala Chandran are women leaders from different transport related functions – Madhu Meenakshi Karthikeyan, Managing Director, DataCorp Traffic who has inherited business acumen from her grandfather; Dr. Ambika Behl, Senior Principal Scientist, Flexible Pavement Dept, CSIR-Central Road Research Institute & Minimol Korulla Jacob, Head – Strategic Initiatives & Strategic Projects – ISEAP (India, South East Asia& Pacific) Region, Maccaferri, both primarily into research in pavement technology, (yet mostly on site, supervising the work in progress); and Sonal Shah, Founder of Urban Catalysts. This year the organisation was recognised by the German government for catalysing gender-equitable mobility systems.
1) Introducing technology into different elements of the Transportation industry
2) Can construction challenges be faced by women?
3) Bringing more women to construction sites
4) Gender focused sustainable transport