TTC Equal Opportunities Project & Conference – 2017/2019
The TTC Equal Opportunities project was launched in 2017 after the approval of the Gender Strategy of Tbilisi Municipality aimed at eradicating gender based discrimination through the hiring of female bus drivers. The project included 7 objectives based on the 7 UN Women’s Empowerment Principles. OQ Consulting, as a consortium partner of AETS, helped with the gender mainstreaming tactics through the specific tasks & activities part of the overall action plan.In November this year we were part of a TTC Conference for donors and the organization itself that was to report on the results & benefits of the project.
A few of the benefits of the TTC project that have been established are:
- It allowed female drivers to overcome poverty situations & get access to medical insurance for their families
- Female drivers visibility in the public transport helps break the negative gender stereotypes about women’s roles and women drivers serve as role models for younger women
- TTC now avails of a new labour pool of highly motivated bus drivers
- An important spin-off effect of the project is that Georgia has now a school for bus-drivers