Interview with SENATOR project coordinator, Ángela Núñez, on the International Women’s Day
The transport and logistics sector has traditionally been represented by the male figure. According to the European Commission (Eurostat), the vast majority of the transport workers are men (84%) (2019 data). In the specific case of logistics, the proportion of women is 25%, while 75% are men (2016 data). To improve the gender balance in the sector, the EU Women in Transport – EU Platform for change was launched, with the objective of strengthening women’s employment and equal opportunities for women and men in the transport sector. It also serves as a forum for discussion and exchange of good practices.
The sector itself is evolving, mainly due to the impact of new technologies, which in turn means that the required profiles are also changing, and women are increasingly finding their place. In this article we want to present you our SENATOR project coordinator, Ángela Núñez, who is responsible for the European sustainability projects in Correos, the Spanish Postal Operator.
What led you to work in the logistics sector?
As an engineer, I found the logistics sector fascinating from the first moment. What most motivated me to decide on this sector is the constant challenge that it represents, and the breadth of it, because logistics ranges from maritime, land, or air transport, which I think makes it even more interesting. Additionally, we are living in a moment of historical change, and I could not resist being part of this great challenge.
What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is that it constantly invites you to be updated, to learn about the latest trends, and to seek continuous improvement and efficiency in a key sector with a great impact on the economy. I also believe that the increasing importance of sustainability that we have been living for a few years makes us focus efforts on reducing the impact on the planet, which, to me, seems an added value of motivation, since we are striving every day to make a better world.
Why should women work in logistics?
It is true that the logistics sector is traditionally associated with men, perhaps due to the idea we have of associating it with physical work and “moving and lifting”. However, in Correos, women representation is one of the highest in the sector; in fact, since 2016, there are more women than men working in the company, and in 2021 the workforce had 25.459 women, representing 52.55% of its total professionals. I strongly believe that women have a lot to contribute, we are living a moment of true revolution of the sector, where skills such as organization, process improvement, digitization and customer experience, will be key to be able to develop a new, responsible, agile and more efficient logistics model; and gender diversity will be a fundamental factor in the equation to achieve this new model. The wider our vision would be, the better response we will give to the challenges that the future holds for us.
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