Strategies to foster women’s talent for transformational change

On the 20th of February 2020, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) launched the study “Women for Sustainable Energy” which examines the challenges women encounter in the field of energy and examines potential solutions.

On the 20 February 2020, in Vienna (Austria), the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) launched the study “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change.” This study was commissioned to answer the question ‘What can we do to increase women’s employment in the sustainable energy sector?’ and examines:

  • how well women are currently integrated into the corporate sustainable energy sector;
  • which obstacles women encounter;
  • and what recommendations – building on existing experiences and emerging best-practice – can be put forward to promote women’s participation on par with men’s in sustainable energy.

Energy transitions are underway globally in a variety of shapes and forms, from large corporatised businesses to small community ventures. While the labour force in the sustainable energy sector is projected to grow significantly, achieving gender balance will need significant effort from all stakeholders.

Some of the strategies to achieve women’s equal inclusion outlined in the study include:

  • establishing and implementing quotas;
  • attracting more women and girls to STEM;
  • designing inclusive recruitment practices;
  • strategies for an inclusive workplace;
  • bringing more women into senior decision-making roles;
  • building increased transparency and accountability;
  • utilizing existing resources and toolkits; and
  • supporting coalitions that aim at elevating the sector’s inclusiveness.

You can now read the full report here.