As part of the International Women’s Day, COMSA Corporación has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the women in the company who play a strategic role in the group among all its employees and collaborators:
Loli Casanova is the responsible for People and Administration at COMSA Service. In her day-to-day work, she finds herself faced with a great distinction, as most of the people she works with are men, but her team is made up of more than 90% women. In this situation, Loli justifies that women are able to perform several tasks at the same time, as well as empathise, and “this is essential in a Human Resources department to be able to provide a good service”, she says. ” As women, we are the first who must stop seeing engineering and construction as men’s sectors. For this reason, “we must continue working to attract more female talent to our sector”, she concludes.
Elisabet Fernández is the Director of the Technology Area at COMSA Corporación. She recognises that, during her professional development as a woman, the challenge has been twofold as she has dedicated herself to an area such as Information Technologies, traditionally occupied by men, and in a sector with little female presence. Even so, she believes that what is important for a team is that there is a diversity of profiles, men, women, younger people, older people, different cultures, nationalities, etc. Elisabet concludes by stating that “we women are the first ones who have to eliminate these sectorial barriers and, if there is something we are passionate about, then go for it whatever it takes”.
Ana Idáñez is a catenary manager on the Alicante tramway catenary maintenance project. Although she says that most of the time she has felt very well treated, one of the biggest challenges she has faced in this sector has been having to prove a lot of things because she is a woman and has had to work harder than many of her colleagues. However, this fact has never been an obstacle for her, as she is proud to be a pioneer in this profession and to have opened a door for other female colleagues, so that “they can see that in this sector there is also a place for us, and that we are capable of anything”.
Marga Bello is the Director of Administration and Control of the Infrastructures, Engineering, Services and Concessions businesses. In the more than 25 years that Marga has been with the company, her greatest learning experience has been working in groups, accompanying, training and managing multidisciplinary and multicultural teams. One of the challenges she has faced as a woman in the company has been to create a team without gender distinction. “I am proud to be part of this growth of women in the world of construction, although I am aware that there is still a long way to go,” she explains.
Marta Vélez is responsible for COMSA’s Railway Department in the north-east, which includes the regions of Catalonia, Aragon and the Balearic Islands. Marta explains that the construction sector has changed a lot since she started working in the sector and that the role of women is now completely normalised. She also encourages women to consider their professional development in the infrastructure sector: “Although male engineers are still in the majority, women are on the rise, and nowadays there is no different treatment for being a woman”, she says.