GECCO Webinar: Challenges and Strategies to Increase and Retain Women's Participation in the Energy Sector

Women’s participation in the energy sector, including as technicians and decision makers, remains low. The most recent World Economic Forum jobs report calculates that women make up only 15% of the energy labor force. The reasons for women’s low participation in the sector relate to social stereotyping and the effect this has in early education stages, where girls are less likely to be encouraged to engage in activities that would later on increase their options for joining science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Moreover, once women join the labor force, they face a series of challenges to remain in the sector and later to rise into leadership positions. These challenges include the difficulty of maneuvering in a male-dominated sector, a lack of female role models and mentors, and labor conditions, such as long working days and a high number of required site visits to distant locations, which are not conducive or adaptable to women’s roles as caregivers at the household level. 

With job creation on the rise, particularly in the renewable energy sector, it is fundamental to understand the challenges and opportunities women face to join and remain in the energy sector, particularly for those designing and implementing strategies that will encourage more women to join the renewable energy ranks.  
The webinar was moderated by Ana Rojas, IUCN GGO, and included the following presentations:
Increasing women’s participation in wind energy: How WoWE is tackling the challenge
Kristen Graf, Women of Wind Energy
Women’s effective participation in the energy sector: Investing in women’s leadership skills
Ana Maria Majano, Consultant
Engendering utilities: How companies are increasing women’s participation in their ranks
Ellen Dragotto, USAID
Adaptation, Energy
Strategic Objective
Clean Energy, Gender and Social Inclusion, Mitigation

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