A group of industry and NGOs have united to establish the Women in Cycling platform to boost equality and diversity in the cycling industry. Groups responsible for the launch include Cycling Industries Europe, the European Cyclists’ Federation, Velokonzept, Mobycon, and CONEBI.
Women in Cycling will be launched today at a digital event starting at 3pm CET with 1000 registered participants.
The key aim of WIC is to boost equality and diversity in the cycling sector. The network provides a platform which will help facilitate a higher presence of women in boards, panels, conferences, interviews and jobs. Mentoring, training and sharing of good practice will be on the agenda along with an Expertise Portal, where women working in the sector can sign up and where anyone can search for women for keynotes, panels, expertise, jobs, board positions or simply for networking with peers.
Women in Cycling aims to:
• Create an empowering platform for women from all parts of the sector with opportunities to network, exchange views and experiences, and collaborate on projects and initiatives that help achieve our vision.
• Encourage organisations in the sector to adopt targets and policies that improve diversity and gender balance and increase the representation of women in leadership roles.
• Campaign for no more all male panels at cycling sector events.
• Ensure the diverse experiences of women are taken into account and represented in decision making bodies, projects and processes that affect the sector
The launch event will kick-off the network digitally and provide an opportunity for participants to talk with some of their peers. Attendees will hear all about the network, have an opportunity to sign up to the Women in Cycling Expertise Portal, meet WIC ambassadors and hear inspirational stories from women across the sector. Bonnie Tu, one of the most senior figures in the industry, will be giving an opening address and tell about her experience launching a brand exclusively for women and heading up one of the world’s largest bicycle brands.
More information about the launch and how to register can be found here.