‘She Delivered’ is an internship program aimed at bridging the gender gap in the transport and logistics industry. The program, which started on Thursday, September 21, will run every year, training 80 women annually (a 6-month internship program for 20 interns per cycle, producing 80 graduates per year) as they navigate their careers in the dynamic world of transport and logistics.
This initiative aims to close the gender gap by providing guidance, knowledge, and opportunities for women in a traditionally male-dominated field. Ponty Pridd Holdings, committed to workplace equality and diversity, drives this endeavour.
The ‘She Delivers’ Program launched at Ponty Pridd Holdings in Mirema, Nairobi, with Ms. Veronica Nduva, Principal Secretary, State Department for Gender and Affirmative Action, lauding its impact. She stressed the need for a Women in Logistics Association, given women’s underrepresentation despite their numbers.
”A formation of a vibrant Women in Logistics Association is needed to support more women to join the transport ecosystems,” noted the PS.
“Traditionally, the logistics industry has traditionally been regarded as ‘no place for a woman’. and this is true by the data available on various studies that show women massively under-represented in the industry despite their higher number in the Kenyan population and labour market,” added the Gender and Affirmative PS.
State Department for Transport Senior Deputy Secretary, Mr Abdi ,represented the Transport PS yesterday at Pontypridd Offices during the launch of She Delivers initiative. pic.twitter.com/9p0CXowhDZ
— State Department For Transport Kenya (@SDoT_Kenya) September 22, 2023
Mr. Ibrahim Abdi, Senior Deputy Secretary, State Department of Transport, emphasized breaking entry barriers and stereotypes to increase female participation in the industry. ‘She Delivers’ seeks to attract more women and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.
”This initiative will address the entry barriers & shattering the stereotypes that dominate this space and hinder their potential to excel. It will attract more females into the industry and ultimately create a space for them to thrive under a banner of diversity, equity, and inclusion,” he noted.
Anthony Wainaina, CEO of Ponty Pridd Holdings, shares the enthusiasm, believing diversity fuels industry progress. ‘She Delivers’ affirms their commitment to empowering women.
“We believe that diversity is essential for driving innovation and progress in the transport and logistics sector. She Delivers, our Women in Transport and Logistics Program is a testament to our commitment to empowering women, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on the industry.” Wainaina said.
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