Scania West Africa is playing a leading role in inspiring this change. The company is working with the Greater Accra Transport Executive (GAPTE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to boost the number of female drivers in the city’s public transport system. “Scania already has a big presence in Accra. The Bus Rapid Transit system has been working for several years, and the city is ready to take on female drivers,” says Fredrik Morsing, Managing Director, Scania West Africa. “We hope that this initiative will not only be an opportunity to start a new career, but that it will also be a challenge to existing drivers to improve their performance.”
Ladybird Logistics uses Scania training methods
Ladybird Logistics is a new company that only employs female drivers. With a key role in “Women moving trucks,” the company is currently training 22 drivers. “Using Scania methods, the drivers learn to drive safely as well as keeping total operating economy in mind,” says Payin Marfo, Managing Director of Ladybird Logistics. The campaign has also teamed up with Esenam Nyador, also known as Miss Taxi Ghana because she has her own taxi company. Nyador is a driving force in efforts to improve the gender balance in public transport. “In a profession where women constitute a decimal percentage, the projects can only be celebrated as a welcome collaborative effort to help desegregate the driving profession,” she says.