Gender diversity in the renewables sector still needs work
A decade into South Africa’s renewable energy sector’s existence, it has become apparent it is still lagging in sufficient gender diversity. Hence the industry is actively giving attention to adjust and improve the levels of gender representation, at all levels, with the launch of its Gender Diversity Working Group.
Ntombifuthi Ntuli, CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA), said: “Gender diversity means a fair gender representation across all spheres of our industry. A 2020 report by IRENA and the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme shows that women represent only 21% of the global wind energy workforce and only 8% of its senior management.
“Recognising that the challenge of underrepresentation of women in the wind energy sector is as much a South African challenge as it is a global challenge, we launched a Commitment Statement in 2018, which commits members of the Association to address, amongst other things, issues of gender equality in the sector,” said Ntuli.
This sector Working Group will mainstream gender issues within the renewable energy industry by creating a platform and framework that will actively address gender diversity matters within the energy sector and to hold dialogues around areas of inadequate representation.
This new renewable energy industry working group on gender diversity is a collaboration between SAWEA and the solar PV counterpart association, SAPVIA, as both organisations recognise the need to address gender diversity issues from a broader renewable energy industry perspective.
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