It is a well-known fact that the energy sector continues to be male-dominated. The absence of gender equality can be observed both in industrialised and emerging/developing countries: since the energy sector is largely perceived as technical, already at the early outset in education curricula energy subjects attract more interest from boys and young men than from girls and women. The absence of female role models further contributes to gender imbalance in related energy curricula and the energy sector as a whole.
Gender inequality is even more prevalent at decision-making levels. Women are generally under-represented on company boards and among senior management positions, as well as in politics. This reality of under-representation is even more accentuated in energy-related fields. As a result, the few women that manage to secure top positions are often less well connected with their peers than their male colleagues.
These observations motivated four women professionals working since many years in the sustainable energy field to found GWNET, a global network aiming at empowering women working in sustainable energy in both developed and emerging/developing countries at different career levels from both the public and private sector. Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) is an international non-profit organisation founded in 2017 under Austrian law.
For further information, please visit www.globalwomennet.org