Implement gender policies to empower women in the energy sector – Tullow Ghana MD
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Managing Director of Tullow Ghana Limited and Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil Plc, Kweku Awotwi, has urged firms to prioritize the implementation of gender policies to encourage women’s play major roles within the industry
He noted that the policies will change the status quo for women when these policies are set,
“Of course, companies themselves must establish gender policies that ensure women are empowered and feel comfortable working in our industry.”
On Tullow taking the initiative he said, “At Tullow, for instance, we are proud of our SMART working approach, which allows women and men alike to align to the demands of work with the demands of life,”
How will this platform curb gender imbalance?
On a collective effort by the educational system, “One way is to support and promote STEM education and programmes for women, grow our female human resource and build their capacity for what some might describe as complex fields of endeavour. How do we do this? We believe it is important to start early in the education process to encourage our young women in the sciences,” he said.
According to the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) report, which surveyed more than 20,000 people across the oil and gas industry in 2018, women make up 10% of the global energy workforce in oil and gas, renewables, petrochemical, power, and nuclear sectors.
To highlight on the disparity in gender imbalance, a 2018 study on gender representation in the petroleum sector, by energy policy NGO, Ghana Oil and Gas for Inclusive Growth, revealed that, there were only three female chairs on 33 Boards surveyed, with only five of those Boards having more than one woman represented.
Mr Awortwi further concluded that the platform will help to bridge the gap in the sector as it works towards realizing its objectives on future.
He made this statement at the launch of Women in Energy-Ghana, a platform of individuals and companies committed to advancing women’s leadership and participation in the energy sector.