For too long, professional careers in the energy sector have been male-dominated. Until recently, women accounted for a mere 1 per cent of top management positions and 6 per cent of technical staff in the fossil energy sector globally (Baruah, 2017). In comparison, the renewable energy sector has seen an increase in women employment over the past decade. However, men still outnumber women in the sector’s key functions in technical, managerial and policymaking positions (Vangchuay and Niklaus, 2021; IRENA, 2019).
This paper sheds light on employment opportunities and gender inequality in the power sector and proposes a number of key action areas for facilitating gender-inclusive renewable energy careers.
Authors: Arunima Hakhu, CGIAR Gender Transformative Approaches, and Sebastian Helgenberger, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
Editors: Laura Nagel and Sebastian Helgenberger – IASS
Suggested citation: IASS. 2021. Green Employment for Women. Towards gender-inclusive renewable energy careers. COBENEFITS Impulse. Potsdam. www.cobenefits.info
An earlier version of this paper has been included in “Energy and Gender in Asia” by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).