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Women Initiative

Supporting Women in Electric Mobility

UEMI is dedicated to fostering a culture of gender equality at all levels of our organization. We are proud to announce that 56.5% of our staff is female. We are committed to supporting women in the electric mobility sector and work towards a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive in this industry.

UEMI´s Commitment to Gender Equality

Fighting for gender equality within our organization lies at the core of our Women's Initiative. This initiative is built upon the foundation of the SOLUTIONSplus project, in collaboration with our dedicated partner cities and universities.

We believe in creating a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome and respected. We are dedicated to:

  • Supporting female-run startups and initiatives

  • Providing equal opportunities for advancement for all genders 

  • Encouraging women to pursue careers in electric mobility

The SOLUTIONSplus Project and Women in Electric Mobility

In the coming months, we will be sharing findings from our SOLUTIONSplus project. This project delves into the challenges, issues, and success stories related to gender equality in electric mobility across Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Most importantly, we will highlight the women who have made the project possible. We will showcase the stories of women whose lives were changed by the project, who received support, and who themselves championed the goals of fostering sustainable mobility.

Gender Distribution at UEMI

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While we are proud of our progress, we recognize there is always room for improvement. Here's a breakdown of the gender distribution across UEMI:

  • Junior Positions: 71% Women, 29% Men

  • Senior Positions: 42% Women, 58% Men

We are actively working to increase the representation of women in senior positions at UEMI.

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2023/2024

Gender Equality Plan

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Publications

Improving Gender Equality through Electric Mobility

Martin, E., Andrieu, V., Owigar, J., Berlin, A., Bitangaza, M., Irambona, C.

Gender & E-Mobility Ecuador

Lopez, G., Susnavas, A., Munoz, R.

Gender and E-Mobility in Ecuador: A Combined Report

Lopez, G., Susnavas, A., Mejia, I., Munoz, R., Lah, S.

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Resources

ITF Gender Analysis Toolkit for Transport

ITF Gender Analysis Toolkit for Transport offers governments, international organisations, contractors and all those who work on transport projects a hands-on tool to carry out gender analyses and incorporate a gender perspective into their plans and policies.

Understanding Urban Travel Behaviour by Gender for Efficient and Equitable Transport Policies

Despite being one of the key sociodemographic variables that influence travel behavior, gender is often the least understood. The International Transport Forum (ITF) produced this discussion paper as an output of a project that aimed to facilitate a better understanding of travel behaviour by gender. Better transportation policies  - including those related to e-mobility - that are efficient and equitable can be designed if when we understand travel behavior by gender. 

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Projects
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The SOLUTIONSplus project is committed to promoting gender balance. This includes actively recruiting and employing women in the project, as well as ensuring that the design and implementation of e-mobility solutions considers the needs and perspectives of women as both users and stakeholders. By fostering diversity within the UEMI, the project aims to create more equitable and effective urban transportation systems for all.

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The SOLUTIONSplus project in Quito is making positive strides towards gender inclusion within its initiatives. Women played key roles throughout the project, from leading positions in international coordination and local management to technical roles in vehicle production and operations. This commitment to incorporating women in various capacities is commendable and paves the way for a more equitable urban mobility landscape. However, there are challenges that need to be addressed to ensure a truly inclusive project.

One key challenge is the lack of gender-disaggregated data. While women participated in the cargo bike trials and the La Quiteña app testing, data wasn't collected to differentiate their experiences from those of men. This makes it difficult to assess if the project benefits all genders equally. Additionally, project reports used masculine language and some training programs lacked gender parity among participants.

Building on these lessons learned, the SOLUTIONSplus project, concluding in June 2024, will pave the way for continued efforts under E-MOVILIZA and eMOB initiatives. We are committed to continuous improvement and will focus on collecting gender-disaggregated data from the very beginning of future projects. We also recognize the importance of inclusive language and will bring this to the forefront by potentially creating a dedicated workshop. Finally, we will implement strategies to attract and retain women and non-binary people in all aspects of the project. These steps will ensure that Quito's urban mobility solutions are accessible and beneficial to everyone.

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