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IRENA to hold “Women in Solar PV” virtual event on September 20

September 13, 2022

TAP) - The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will hold The «Women in Solar PV» virtual event on September 20, marking the launch of the latest IRENA brief within the series: Solar PV: A Gender Perspective, on the role of women in the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector.

The gender dimension of renewable energy is a crucial area of focus in IRENA's analytical work, including on renewable energy jobs. The objective is to improve the evidence base to inform decision-making by policymakers, industry and development practitioners.

The energy transition can boost economic development and create jobs, according to the agency. The renewable energy labour market is estimated to have already grown to around 12 million jobs in 2020 and is expected to nearly quadruple by 2050.

The solar PV sector is the largest employer among renewables, accounting for some 4 million jobs.

The sector will remain the largest driver of job growth in the renewable energy sector, accounting for roughly 15.5 million jobs by 2050 offering real potential for women and men.

However, the agency estimated that women are significantly under-represented in the energy industry, making up less than a quarter of the overall energy workforce, and a third of the renewable energy sector.

Without women‘s full engagement, renewable energy growth will fall short of its potential. If the solar business does not include a gender lens to incorporate more women, the industry will be missing out on a large talent pool with skills and important perspectives for this expanding industry, the IRENA added.

Further, the sector will miss the opportunity of creating a better working environment for all employees, as it is proven that having more women in the workplace improves the organisational culture, resulting in better employee engagement and retention.

The first edition of the Women Energy Leaders Forum was held on September 8, 2022, in Tunis. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy, jointly with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and in partnership with the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Company (STEG) and the National Agency for Energy Management (ANME). It is part of promoting the role of women and gender diversity in the energy sector in Tunisia.

Speakers at this first forum recalled that «gender diversity» in the energy sector has so far been little addressed in Tunisia, especially as the role of women in this field remains minimal.

The activity rate of women in the civil service is estimated at 37% in 2016, while the rate of women in functional jobs is around 35.8%.

In the energy sector, women account for 22% of employees, not far from the global percentage estimated at 32%, while only 6% of women hold decision-making positions in this field.

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