This Impulse Paper is based on research within the COBENEFITS project and interviews with women working in high-skilled jobs in the energy sector in South Africa, conducted in May and June 2022.
Women are underrepresented in the energy sector. Globally, women hold around one fifth of the jobs in the oil and gas industry and less than a third of the jobs in the renewable energy sector. The situation is similar in South Africa, where women account for just 31 % of the employees of state-owned electricity utility Eskom and 21 % of the workforce in the coal sector. Female underrepresentation is currently even worse in South Africa’s renewable energy sector, where women account for only 14 % of employees.
Year of publication: 2022
Authors: Laura Nagel, Bettina Lebrun
Suggested citation: IASS. 2022. Opportunities and barriers for women in South Africa’s energy transition. COBENEFITS Impulse. Potsdam.