The APEC Women in Transportation Data Framework and Best Practices Initiative (APEC WiT Initiative) was launched during the APEC Transport Ministers Meeting held in October 2015 in Cebu, Philippines. The United States, together with key partners Philippines and Vietnam, has championed the agenda through research, funding and development of the APEC Women in Transport Data Framework and Best Practices Report with the aim of developing and implementing actions that advance opportunities for women throughout the transport and logistics sector.
Malaysia’s participation in the initiative was approved during the APEC Transport Working Group meeting in Papua New Guinea on 6th April, 2016, hence the Data Initiative Pilot Project for the Port Sector in Malaysia was launched, spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport. The Malaysia Institute of Transport (MITRANS), UiTM was then appointed to lead the research and execute the project supported by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Malaysia (CILT-M) and TalentCorp Malaysia.
The APEC WiT Initiative has identified five pillars as strategic thrusts namely Education, Entry into the Sector, Retention, Leadership, as well as Access and Use. Malaysia’s pilot project focused on the Leadership pillar which looked into investment in women’s professional growth in the transport sector, increased opportunities for women to become transportation leaders and greater recognition of women as leaders in the sector. Acknowledging the country’s recognition as a Maritime Nation, the project team opted to focus on the ports sub-sector as it is considered the most challenging sub-sector for women.
Throughout the past three years the team has been working hard to ensure successful completion of the project and has been reporting its progress in every APEC Transport Working Group meeting. The team has also successfully documented the processes involved in developing women leaders in ports in the form of a “Tool Kit: Advocating for Leadership through Mentoring Programme within the APEC Framework of Women in Transportation” so that it can be emulated by other transport and logistics sectors not only in Malaysia but will become a source of reference for other APEC economies.
A summary video about APEC Women In Transport and Mentoring programme: At a Glance can be found below.