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|| Call for Proposals: Women Empowerment - Benchmarking Practices for the (Renewable) Energy Sector
|| Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET)
|| Call for Papers/Abstracts
|| GWNET will produce a study that looks at women and their current participation in the energy sector compared to other sectors. It will provide a systematic summary of scientific evidence on the benefits of diversity and investigate whether there is solid scientific proof on women’s propensity to take decisions in favour of renewable energy, climate change and/or environmental and social sustainability. It will elaborate on the fact that women are entitled to participate in all sectors of the economy and investigate chances and obstacles for women entering or already working in the (renewable) energy industry.
While some of the obstacles are expected to be relevant for the overall economy (e.g. inflexible working hours, insufficient child care opportunities, or the return to the workplace after parental leave), others might be particularly valid for male-dominated sectors (e.g. a low share of women in STEM studies, unconscious bias related to women’s’ technical capabilities, etc.).
The study will collect, structure and cite examples of these obstacles primarily in an industrialised and emerging country context, but with a particular focus on Germany’s bilateral energy partnership countries. It will then draw on other economic sector’s experiences and derive benchmark practices as to how the identified obstacles can be successfully overcome taking account of different categories, such as overall workforce, entry-level positions, mid-management and management levels, and boards. The study will conclude with recommendations on appropriate strategies and measures for the (renewable) energy sector.
The draft study will be presented in the first week of October at a GWNET event in Berlin and launched after incorporation of the comments received at the event and in stakeholder consultations following the event.