Opening Opportunities for Women in Energy by Building Back Better!

By Irene-Giner Reichl, President, GWNET One major effect of the global health crisis is to put governments (back) into the driver’s seat – for better or worse – in ways we have not seen in past crises. Governments impose lock-downs and adopt emergency programs. Nationals abroad are encouraged to rejoin their countries ASAP. Borders are closed and travel is disrupted. […]

Announcing the Participants of the GWNET 3/2020 Programme

GWNET is excited to share the selected mentees for the GWNET Mentoring Programme 2020 for Women in the Energy Sector. The programme received 50+ applications from women working in sustainable energy from over 30 countries.  The quality of applications received was very high and we sincerely thank all applicants for taking part in this process. The selected participants for the [...]

Global Governance in the Energy Sector & the Impact of COVID-19

Last week, GWNET held its third knowledge-transfer webinar for the participants of the LAC & MENA Mentoring Programme 2019/2020, on the topic of Global Governance in the Energy Sector. We were excited to welcome key speaker Dr Irene Giner-Reichl, an Austrian career diplomat with established expertise in sustainable development, women’s rights, development policy and energy. Irene currently works as an […]

Women in Wind Q&A’s

This page will be continuously updated with new Q&A’s The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program sat down with this year’s mentors and participants, to chat about their pathways to renewable energy and issues facing women in the wind sector.  Read their stories below: Meet Natalia Zacur who works as an electrical designer for high voltage substations at TECMAS. Meet Isabel […]

Meet the Mentors of the Women in Wind Program

Meet the incredible energy experts sharing their expertise with upcoming women professionals in the wind sector! We’re proud to have them as part of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, jointly organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET). What is the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program? A […]

Call to Action in Response to COVID-19: Renewable Energy is a Key Part of the Solution

Renewable energy can play a key role in the economic recovery from COVID-19 by ensuring energy security, creating jobs and strengthening resilience to safeguard people’s health and welfare. This statement by the IRENA Coalition for Action (of which GWNET is a member) contains eight key actions that governments should take to ensure economic recovery that aligns with global climate and […]

Key Findings from the Africa Energy Outlook Report

Last week, GWNET and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) held their third knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Africa Energy Outlook. We were delighted to welcome key speakers Arnaud Rouget and Jasmine Samantar. Arnaud Rouget is an energy expert currently working at the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Africa and Energy Access […]

Key Findings from the Energizing Finance Report

Last month, GWNET and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) held their second knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Energizing Finance. We were delighted to welcome key speaker Olivia Coldrey, Lead Finance Specialist at SEforALL. Olivia has more than 20 years experience working at the intersection of law, finance and energy markets. Finance […]

The GWNET ‘Women in Energy Expert Platform’ Celebrates its FIRST Anniversary

Vienna, Austria (Apr. 16, 2020) — One year ago, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) launched the Women in Energy Expert Platform at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue to connect and empower women working in sustainable energy in all parts of the world, with the aim to encourage greater visibility, networking opportunities and professional connections between women. […]

GWNET Welcomes On Board 3 New Partners in March

We are excited to share that the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) has grown to include 3 new partners, each of whom is committed to pushing for a gender-equitable energy transition Last month, we welcomed on board FEDARENE, Green Growth Knowledge Partnership, and Shortlist. Learn more about their work below: FEDARENE (European Federation of Agencies and Regions […]

Home-Office with Kids: Tools and Food for Thought

During this tough period, many of us have needed to adapt to a new way of working, and for a majority, this new working model needs to be juggled with home and family responsibilities. This short presentation by business coach, Maren Wolfl, outlines a few ways you can manage your work and personal life in a way that works well […]

Webinar 6 – Networks Promoting Women in Energy

Tuesday 7 April 20202:00 p.m. Vienna (CEST) | 3:00 p.m. Nairobi | 1:00 p.m. London | 08:00 a.m. Washington D.C.Check your local time. Register now at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/vJ0qc-6qpzMuZpvCcTQESjvLnEO6X3Nlvw The Clean Energy Solutions Center and the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) International initiatives, in partnership with the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), will host this webinar as the sixth in […]

Supporting Women Engaged in the Sustainable Energy Sector through Mentorship

Gender imbalances in the energy sector affect women at different levels, with one of the key imbalances being disproportionate access to mentors – women tend to have less access to mentors than men. Keeping in mind that it has been proven that a personal relationship with a mentor yields demonstrable professional benefits, this absence can lead to a significant disadvantage […]

Webinar 5 – Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship

Friday 27 March 20204:00 p.m. Brussels | 3:00 p.m. London/Dakar | 2:00 p.m. Praia Cape Verde | 11:00 a.m. Washington DC | 9:00 a.m. DenverCheck your local time. Register now at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4281417320321616139. Get more information at: https://cleanenergysolutions.org/training/womens-energy-entrepreneurship. GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center will host this webinar as the fifth in a six-part webinar series on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and […]

GWNET Launches the Campaign “Energy Transition Role Models: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs”

The campaign “Energy Transition Role Models: Inspiring the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs” by the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, is now online. The campaign showcases portraits of remarkable women entrepreneurs in sustainable energy who are working across different disciplines and countries.  The campaign aims to give female leadership visibility and thereby inspire and encourage others – especially […]

What Can be Done to Support Women in Sustainable Energy?

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries.  In the landscape of global issues requiring strong leadership and a skilled workforce, few areas are as critical as the transition to a sustainable energy system. Yet, as documented in […]

Nothing Compares to You – be Yourself!

Last week, GWNET held its first knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Personal Development & Branding. We were delighted to welcome key speaker Barbara Fischer-Aupperle, coach, mentor and founder of bfaCoaching and also a founding partner of GWNET. Barbara holds an Executive Master in Business Engineering (EMBE) from the HSG University St. […]

#IWD2020 ♀ Women in Wind Participants and Global Ambassadors Announced!

This post originally appeared on the Women in Wind Newsletter Today on International Women’s Day, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have announced this year’s participants and Global Ambassadors for their jointly organized Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. After receiving over 110 highly competitive applications for this year’s program, GWEC […]

Call for Applications: GWNET 2020 Mentoring Programme for Women in the Energy Sector

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. However, as seen in GWNET’s 2020 report “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change,” the sustainable energy sector remains gender unequal.  In order to advance […]

GWNET Launches the “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change” Study

The study “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change” by the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, is now available for reading. The study was commissioned to answer the question ‘What can we do to increase women’s employment in the sustainable energy sector?’ The study lays down a rich and detailed set of strategies, […]

How to Present Your Best Self

Last week, GWNET held its second knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the LAC & MENA Mentoring Programme 2019/2020, on the topic of Personal Development: Self-Presentation. We were delighted to welcome key speaker Sonia Zavesky, Director of Zavesky Consulting Pty Ltd, a strategic verbal communication consultancy working with a range of clients to increase their confidence and competence in public speaking […]

Webinar 4 – Women Empowerment: Best Practices for the Sustainable Energy Sector

19 February 2020: 2:00 p.m. Brussels | 1:00 p.m. London | 12:00 p.m. Praia Check your local time. Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3488439638012803853 GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center will host this webinar as the fourth in a six-part webinar series on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition. This webinar will answer the question ‘What can we do to increase women’s […]

EEP Africa Call for Proposals

This article was originally posted on the EEP Africa website. EEP Africa has opened a call for proposals on 28 January aimed at applicants in need of grant financing to implement innovative early-stage clean energy projects in Southern and East Africa, with a particular focus on empowering and employing women and youth. The theme of the call is Clean Energy Powering Green Growth: projects […]

What is Sustainability? Economy, Ecology, Social

Last week, GWNET held its fifth knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the 2/2019 Mentoring Programme, on the topic of SDGs and Corporations: How Does that Work? We were excited to welcome key speaker Barbara Fischer-Aupperle, coach, mentor and founder of bfa coaching and also a founding partner of GWNET. Barbara holds an Executive Master in Business Engineering (EMBE) from the […]

Webinar 3 – Gender-sensitive Energy Policies

30 January 2020: 4:00 p.m. Brussels | 3:00 p.m. London | 2:00 p.m. Praia | 10:00 a.m. Washington | 8:00 a.m. Denver Check your local time. Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5055493296136870924. GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, will host this webinar as the third in a six-part webinar series on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition. This […]

Women in Wind Global Leadership Program announces call for applications to empower women working in the wind industry

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, a joint initiative of the Global Wind Energy Council and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, is now calling for applications for the second edition of the program. The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program is designed to accelerate the careers of women working in the wind industry to promote greater […]

A Greener, Gender-Equitable Decade Ahead

This article was originally posted on the GWEC website. As we enter 2020, we leave behind a decade of successes and challenges in clean energy and climate action. Wind and solar energy now represent the lowest-cost option for power generation in markets where two-thirds of the global population live, according to BloombergNEF. Wind and other forms of renewable energy are on-track […]

Announcing the Participants of the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme

GWNET is excited to share the selected mentees for the People-Centred Accelerator Mentoring Programme for women working in energy access. The programme carried out in partnership with Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) received 90+ applications from women working in sustainable energy from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and Zambia.  The quality of applications received was very high and we sincerely thank all [...]

Strategies for the Increased Inclusion of Women in the Sustainable Energy Sector

GWNET officially launched the study on “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change,” through a well-attended webinar held on December 17th, 2019 led by GWNET President, Dr Irene Giner-Reichl.  The study was commissioned to answer the question ‘What can we do to increase women’s employment in the sustainable energy sector?’ and examines: how well women […]

A Week Rich With Learning & Networking: The LAC & MENA Mentoring Programme Study Tour

During the last week of November (25th to 29th 2019), GWNET with support from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), hosted a dedicated  study tour in Berlin for participants of the newly launched mentoring programme for women in Latin American Countries (LAC) and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.  With 20 sustainable energy professionals [...]

Wind Industry Commits to Greater Gender Diversity at Industry Events

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme has released the ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ guide, which has been endorsed by wind energy associations across Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Industry events signal the direction of the market, provide a public face for wind energy and showcase thought leadership and role models in the wider energy […]

Announcing the Mentors for the 2019/2020 LAC & MENA Mentoring Programmes

GWNET is delighted to share the mentors for the first two regional mentoring programmes for Latin American Countries (LAC) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The programmes are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of its bilateral energy partnerships with the selected countries.  Each of these mentors [...]

Expert Talk: Christine Lins

Christine Lins has more than 22 years of professional experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. As the executive director of GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition, she is empowering women from all over the world to take part in the energy transition. In our interview, she is talking about the biggest challenges in […]

Stakeholder Commitment is Needed to Achieve SDG 5 & SDG 7

Last week, GWNET held its fourth knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the 2/2019 Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Governance in the Energy Sector. We were excited to welcome key speaker Irene Giner-Reichl, an Austrian career diplomat with established expertise in sustainable development, women’s rights, development policy and energy. Irene is also the President of the Global Forum on Sustainable […]

ASEAN needs more women in the energy sector

This article was originally published on the ASEAN Post, by Liyana Hasnan. Southeast Asia has shown an improvement in the number of women in leadership roles. The Philippines, Vietnam and Singapore are leading in having the most women holding senior management positions, based on a 2019 report by Grant Thornton, ‘Women in Business’. However, women representation decreases as they go up the […]

Two “Women Shaping the Energy Future” Fellowships for Participation in Executive Program REM-HSG

The University of St. Gallen is offering a unique executive education programme dedicated to Renewable Energy Management (REM-HSG). The next, 9th edition of REM-HSG starts in late March 2020. With its three one-week modules taking place over a time span of 6 months, including a study trip to Berlin, the part-time programme is tailormade for professionals, and provides its participants […]

Webinar 2 – Renewable energy: Job Opportunities Along the Value Chain

13 November 2019 – 4:00 p.m. Brussels | 3:00 p.m. Accra | 10:00 a.m. Washington | 8:00 a.m. Denver Check your local time. Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8112759042079981323. GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, will host this webinar as the second in a six-part webinar series on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition. This webinar will […]

Announcing the Participants of the 2019/2020 MENA & LAC Mentoring Programmes

GWNET is excited to share the selected participants for the first two regional mentoring programmes for Latin American Countries (LAC) as well as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The programmes are sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of its bilateral energy partnerships with the selected countries. GWNET has received [...]

KIREC Impressions

By Irene Giner-Reichl, GWNET President and REN21 Vice-President “Make Renewables the conventional fuel not of tomorrow, but of today“, Rana Adib, Executive Secretary of REN21,  urged delegates at the closing of the Korean International Renewables Conference (KIREC) in Seoul last Friday, 25 October 2019. Stakeholders from more than 100 countries had come together to advance the energy transition. Inspirational speakers […]

Women in Energy Expert Platform: FAQs

1. How do I edit my profile? Step 1: Click on your profile. If you cannot find it on the first page of the members’ directory, type your name into the search bar at the top of the page. Step 2: Once you are on your profile, click on the Edit button that is halfway down your screen. Step 3: […]

The Role of Gender in the Energy Sector

This op-ed by GWNET Executive Director, Christine Lins, was originally published on the Green Industry Platform website While the energy sector has traditionally been male-dominated, that’s starting to change. Christine Lins, Executive Director of GWNET (the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition) shows how attracting and retaining the best female, as well as male, talents in the renewables sector […]

Call for Applications: People-Centered Accelerator Mentoring Programme for Women in Energy Access

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. In the landscape of global issues requiring strong leadership and a skilled workforce, few areas are as critical as the transition to a sustainable energy system. Yet, as documented in […]

Webinar 1 – Energy Transition and the Role of Women: Where do we Stand Today?

15 October 2019 – 2:00 p.m. Vienna | 1:00 p.m. London | 12:00 p.m. Accra | 8:00 a.m. Washington Check your local time. Register now: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8112759042079981323. GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, will host this webinar as the first in a six-part webinar series on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition. The webinar will review the […]

Webinar Series: Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition

GWNET in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center is pleased to announce an upcoming series of webinars on Gender Equality for a More Rapid and Inclusive Energy Transition. Beginning in October 2019, this series of six webinars will include expert panels of women who are industry executives, policy and thought leaders, entrepreneurs and analysts. The series will address the […]

GWNET Knowledge Transfer Webinar – Personal Development: Self Presentation

Last week, GWNET held its third knowledge-transfer webinar for participants of the 2/2019 Mentoring Programme, on the topic of Personal Development: Self-Presentation. We were delighted to welcome key speaker Sonia Zavesky, Director of Zavesky Consulting Pty Ltd, a strategic verbal communication consultancy working with a range of clients to increase their confidence and competence in public speaking and media interviews. […]

To Overcome Poverty and Stabilise the Climate, We Need All Available Talent, Female and Male!

By Irene Giner-Reichl, President, GWNET Next week, the United Nations will convene another Climate Action Summit. UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ has a clear goal for it: leaders need to tell the world how they will stop the increase in emissions in 2020 and curb greenhouse gases to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century. After a three year interval during which CO2 [...]

Participate in the Global Gender Survey of the Wind Industry

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has adapted its Global Gender Survey (published in 2018) to undertake a Global Gender Survey of the Wind Industry. The partnership between IRENA and the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme (jointly organised by the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition - GWNET - and the Global Wind Energy Council - GWEC) will [...]

Webinar Series on Gender & Transport in Latin America

The second edition of the webinar series on Gender and Transportation in Latin America will take place on Tuesday, 20th August 2019. The series is organised by the Latin-American network of female transport practitioners Mujeres en Movimiento and supported by TUMI – Women Mobilize Women, and the Community of Practice of EUROCLIMA+. All webinars will be carried out in Spanish. The series will dive into several […]

Interview with Christine Lins, Jury Member for the Roger Léron Award

This article was originally published on the FEDARENE website. Christine’s interview won’t leave you indifferent! With her extraordinary background and her passion, she has been revolutionizing the field of energy and the role of women in it. Read the interview to know how she managed to make such an impact on the field! Christine Lins co-founded GWNET, the Global Women’s Network for […]

Call to Action: Initiative for more Climate Ambition

To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, will host the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September 2019 to meet the climate challenge. Austria’s Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen, continues his “Initiative for more Climate Ambition” which he started in the run-up to COP 24 in […]

Advance your Career: New Mentoring Programmes Available for Women in Sustainable Energy in Selected LAC and MENA Countries

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. In the landscape of global issues requiring strong leadership and a skilled workforce, few areas are as critical as the transition to a sustainable energy system. Yet, as documented in […]

Women in Wind Statement to UNFCCC Adaptation Committee on Gender Mainstreaming

This article was originally posted on the GWEC website. In July 2019, the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and GWNET submitted a statement to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on behalf of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program. The submission will feed into the UNFCCC’s Adaptation Committee’s work on implementation of climate change adaptation actions, informing Convention […]

Networks proving powerful in supporting gender inclusive energy transition

This article was originally posted on the SE4ALL website. Filagot Tesfaye is a professional engineer, successful entrepreneur and a change agent in Ethiopia’s energy transition. Parenting two small children and managing her own business, ON ENERGY CONSULT, is more than a full-time job. Yet, this remarkable woman still finds the time to support women looking to build careers as energy […]

Consultancy opportunity – Study author

*Update: Due to several requests, the deadline has been extended to 23.00 CET on Friday 19th July 2019.* GWNET is looking for a consultant to author a study on “Women Empowerment – Benchmarking Practices for the (Renewable) Energy Sector”. The anticipated time period for the consultancy is end-July to end-November 2019. More information is available here.   The deadline for receipt […]

“Treating Gender is Talking about Choices,” Conclude Scientists Gathered at GWNET Latin America

With Madeleine Albright’s famous line: “There’s a special place in hell for women who do not help other women,” Christine Lins, executive director of the Global Network of Women for Energy Transition (GWNET) ‘passed the ball’ to the Austrian Ambassador in Brazil and in Suriname, Irene Giner-Reichl, to start a round of debates on the occasion of the launch of […]

REN 21 Launches the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report (GSR)

Renewables now supply more than a quarter of global electricity production but current trends in the sector show that bolder policy decisions are needed across all end-use sectors Today, REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, launched its annual flagship report, the Renewables 2019 Global Status Report (GSR). Renewable energy is increasingly powering the world, but erratic […]

Meet New GWNET Staff: Eva Hauser

Eva joined GWNET as the Project Assistant in June 2019. She takes over responsibilities including the organisation of upcoming GWNET events and supports the Executive Director in general administrative work. Eva holds a Master`s degree in Anthropology from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Sede Ecuador (FLACSO). She conducted research in the fields of Gender and Economy in the Latin American context.

GWNET is Supporting the First World REnew Day – 22nd June 2019

It is the time to declare a 100% renewable energy supply the new normal! It is time to give absolute priority to renewable energy! It is time for a new culture and lifestyle – based on renewable energy! People from different fields and from all around the world have agreed to jointly create a day on which they will celebrate […]

Empowering Women in Transportation

Author: Sandra Retzer, GWNET Board Member, Director Development Policy Forum The challenges women face when it comes to mobility are inclusion, safety, accessibility or entering the workforce in the transport sector. With only 22% of women, the transport sector is definitely not gender balanced. Mobility is the prerequisite to accessing goods and services, such as health, jobs, education and leisure. Women face […]

Sorority Boosts Energy Transition in Central America

Author: Michelle Soto “In my country, El Salvador, the regulator recently conducted a survey that revealed that only 12% of employees in the energy sector are women, in this percentage women are included in the commercial area, finance and human resources. If one is going to see the numbers only of the technical part, less than 5% are women and if […]

Meet New GWNET Staff: Irina Gaubinger

Irina joined GWNET as the project manager in May 2019, and is responsible for implementing its various projects in close collaboration with GWNET’s Executive Director. Irina takes care of GWNET’s current research activities on energy and women empowerment and supports GWNET’s communication activities and events. Irina has been working as a freelance consultant, researching and advising on energy, infrastructure and financial sector […]

Women in Hydropower: Networking Lunch

The International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Hydropower Congress was held in Paris, from the 14th to 16th of May 2019. During this Congress, GWNET in partnership with IHA and Women in Hydropower (USA) hosted a Women in Hydropower: Networking Lunch, the first in a series to empower women professionals in the sector with the aim to achieve greater gender diversity. […]

Advancing the Role of Women in the Energy Transition Through Mentorship

In 2018, GWNET launched its first mentorship programme for junior/middle management women professionals in the energy sector, in response to frustration caused by the limited professional connections between women as well as the identified need to boost women’s careers in the clean energy sector. The GWNET mentoring programme 1/2018, aimed to promote the transfer of knowledge and skills from experienced […]

Announcing the Mentees & Mentors for the 2019/2020 Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme

We are excited to share the selected mentees and mentors for the first year of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme! We received 85 mentee applications from emerging markets for wind power globally. Further insights on the applicant pool can be found here. This year’s mentees: Allison Luz Olivares Zuniga, Project Engineer, Vestas (Mexico) Busarin Premasathira, Assistant VP, Business and Project Development, B.Grimm (Thailand) Luiza […]

ENERGIA Releases New Report: Gender in the Transition to Energy For All

ENERGIA, in collaboration with nine research teams recently released a new report “Gender in the transition to energy for all: From evidence to inclusive policies.” This report, collated after a five-year Gender and Energy Research Programme, shares synthesized evidence on the benefits of taking a gender approach in energy access interventions, and aims to translate this into recommendations for energy […]

Insights on the Applicant Pool for Women in Wind

The GWEC and GWNET team have been hard at work going through dozens of applications received for the inaugural Women in Wind program. We are delighted to share that a total of 85 women submitted applications for the 2019/2020 program! With only five spots open to public selection in our mentee pool, that means a less than 6% acceptance rate for our inaugural year. […]

Supporting Women’s Networks in Energy

A collaboration workshop was organised by the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) on 8th April 2019 at the Bundesverband Erneuerbare Energie e.V. (BEE) in Berlin, Germany, bringing together representatives of national and regional women in energy networks from all around the world. This workshop brought together networks from Austria, Canada, Central America, Egypt, Germany, Mexico, Namibia, Norway, […]

Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition launches new Women Expert Platform

Empowering, Connecting, and Increasing Visibility for Women in Sustainable Energy Vienna, Austria (Apr. 16, 2019) — Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), a non-profit membership association working with women energy experts globally, launched its newly created Women in Energy Expert Platform at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 10th April 2019, which brought together more than 2000 experts […]

Job Vacancy: Sustainable Energy Project Development & Gender Specialist

The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) is an institution of CARICOM with a mandate to promote Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) investments, markets and industries in the Caribbean. CCREEE aims at improving access to modern, affordable and reliable energy services, energy security and the mitigation of negative externalities of the energy system by promoting […]

Women in Wind Launch: Press Release

GWEC announces Women in Wind Global Leadership Program to advance female leadership and representation in wind industry Partnership with GWNET to advance women’s empowerment in the wind industry through training and mentoring. Network of mentors among senior leaders to support the career advancement of women for greater gender diversity. Focus on mentees in emerging wind markets in Latin America, Asia […]

1st FSR Lights on Women Scholarship

  Gender-balanced participation in the energy sector is critical to a successful and inclusive energy transition. Because energy and climate issues touch everyone, diverse representation is especially key in energy policy and regulation, where decisions taken can lead to wide-scale societal transformation. Countless studies have found that gender balanced companies boost performance, effective decision making and bottom-lines. Despite the benefits, statistics show that women represent […]

GWNET is supporting FEDARENE’s Roger Léron Award

GWNET alongside other EU networks & organisations teamed up with FEDARENE for the recently launched 5th edition of the Roger Léron Award, with the goal to promote the Prize and what it stands for. The Roger Léron Award aims to celebrate outstanding contributions to the development of sustainable energy at the EU, local and regional level. From the 1st of April to the […]

GWEC and GWNET to launch Women in Wind Global Leadership Program on 2 April

As you may know, gender diversity is an essential ingredient for any industry as it drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. Yet, as documented in IRENA’s January 2019 report “Renewable Energy: a Gender Perspective”, the renewables industry continues […]

Updated: GWNET Mentoring Programme for Women in the Energy Sector

GWNET offers an energy-sector specific, global mentoring programme for women in junior/middle management positions. Since the success of a mentoring relationship depends on a high degree of compatibility between mentor and mentee, GWNET is committed to select with great attention the most perfect match for any mentee, drawing from a significant pool of willing and suitable mentors. The mentoring programme […]

GWNET is Supporting the Equal by 30 Campaign

In light of putting gender equality at the heart of the global transition to a clean energy future, the Equal by 30 Campaign is part of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition, and close the gender gap. It is a joint Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) […]

The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings valuable perspectives to social and economic development and provides a richer pool of talent for key and emerging industries. In the landscape of global issues requiring strong leadership and a skilled workforce, few areas are as critical as the transition to a sustainable energy system. Yet, as documented in […]

Deadline Extension – International C3E Awards

Do you know an outstanding individual or organization who has helped to advance the role of women in the energy sector? Recognize their contribution by nominating them for a C3E Award! The Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E)/Women in Clean Energy initiative is accepting nominations for the first-ever international C3E Awards! The nomination period has been extended until March 25th, 2019 […]

GWNET Vacancy Notice

GWNET is seeking outstanding individuals to strengthen its Secretariat. GWNET empowers women in energy through interdisciplinary networking, advocacy, training, coaching and mentoring. GWNET seeks to address the current gender imbalances in the energy sector and to promote gender sensitive action around the energy transition, in both industrialised and emerging economies.   Project Manager: Read the responsibilities and requirements here Office Manager […]

Engendering the Energy Transition

By Rabia Ferroukhi Women currently represent 32% of the renewable energy workforce, substantially higher than the 22% average reported in the global oil and gas industry. The more holistic, democratised energy future represented by renewable energy exerts an appeal on women that the fossil fuel industry has lacked. While women perform better in the renewable energy workforce, their share of […]

Quotas on Supervisory Boards

GWNET Executive Director, Christine Lins, and Women of Wind Energy Co-Founder, Hanne May, sat down this month to discuss women working in the energy transition. They delved into the challenges, progress and opportunities for women in energy, and described how their organizations work to promote women in this industry with the goal of advancing the energy transition. “We want to […]

Growing stronger: GWNET advances the work of wPOWER Hub

The Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPOWER) Hub has passed the baton to GWNET to carry on the mission of promoting the central role that women must play in clean energy entrepreneurship; addressing energy poverty and climate change. wPOWER Hub’s work is founded on four pillars: Building evidence to prove that sustainable solutions are attainable if women are involved […]

EEP Africa To Open a Gender-Themed Call for Proposals

  Call opens on 20 February 2019. The deadline for aplications is 2 April 2019 at 13:00 Helsinki time (GMT+3). The Energy and Environment Partnership covering Southern and East Africa (EEP Africa) is a multi-donor trust fund providing early-stage financing to innovative clean energy projects. Its overall goal is to promote sustainable and inclusive green growth and contribute to achievement […]

UNDP, UN Women Present Evidence on Gender Equality as SDG Accelerator

The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women released a discussion paper setting out arguments for gender equality as an accelerator for progress across all the SDGs. The paper recommends adopting a holistic approach to gender equality focused on transforming structures that create and perpetuate gender equalities, in order to support integrated achievement of the SDGs. The paper titled, ‘Gender […]

GWNET contributes to new IRENA study on Renewable Energy: a Gender Perspective

Did you know that the renewable energy sector employs about 32%, compared to 22% in the energy sector overall? What needs to be done to boost women’s participation in the sector and allow their talents to be fully utilised? Check out the new IRENA study “Renewable Energy: a Gender Perspective” to which GWNET contributed and which builds on a ground-breaking […]

Meet new GWNET staff: Davina Ngei

Davina has started to work as GWNET Communications Assistant in early January 2019. In this role, she supports the efforts of the GWNET management in communicating the goals and achievements of programme work. Prior to joining GWNET, Davina worked as the Communications Specialist at wPOWER Hub, where she led the development of several key publications focused on raising awareness on […]

GWNET Mentoring Programme 2/2019 for Women in the Energy Sector

“It is a great privilege to get someone who guides and helps me to discover and use untapped potential. My mentor groomed me to be sound professional in RE sector. Spending time with her was an interesting and memorable experience. I will always be grateful to her support and kindness. She has opened my eyes to new stages of opportunity […]

ISES Webinar Invitation – Powering Renewables: Women in Solar Energy

Thursday, 8th of November at 02:00pm – 03:00pm GMT/UTC As the largest international solar organization worldwide, ISES is committed to equality and sees it as one of the integral pillars to a successful energy transition. Women have held leading positions within ISES, as presidents, board members and team members – working as engineers, researchers, developers they have shaped the ISES […]

IRENA Gender Survey

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from GWNET and REN21, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey. The objective of the survey is to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. The findings from the survey will […]

Networking event jointly organised by BMZ and GWNET at Intersolar

Gender diversity drives innovation, opens new pathways for technology deployment, brings fresh perspectives to development of societies and attracts and retains a richer pool of talent.  However, it is a well-known fact that the energy sector continues to be male-dominated. This networking event, jointly organised by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Development (BMZ) and the Global Women’s Network for […]

Scholarship for Women: MSc Renewable Energy Systems

TU Wien and Energiepark Bruck/Leitha support women in the renewable energy sector The part-time MSc Renewable Energy Systems is the first cross-border program in Europe dealing with the future issues of alternative energy production. Since 2005, TU Wien, Energiepark Bruck/Leitha and further partner organisations across Europe have offered this practice-oriented master’s program. It focuses on technological innovations, management of sustainable […]

Putting women and girls at the heart of conservation and climate action

Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate action and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). International agreements on biodiversity (CBD), sustainable development (Agenda 2030) and—most recently—climate change (the Paris Agreement) present new opportunities for engaging women and accelerating equitable action. From Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) processes to biodiversity strategies and climate change gender action plans […]

GWNET Mentoring Programme for Women in the Energy Sector

GWNET offers an energy-sector specific, global mentoring programme for women in junior/middle management positions. Since the success of a mentoring relationship depends to a high degree on the compatibility of mentor and mentee, GWNET will select with great attention the most perfect possible match for any mentee, drawing from a significant pool of willing and suitable mentors. The first global GWNET […]

GWNET’s Irene Giner-Reichl at the VEF 2017

GWNET Founding member, Irene Giner-Reichl, launched the network at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017 held in Vienna this May. She invites all interested parties to join - both women and men, developed and developing countries, to help promote women's development in the sustainable energy field.

GWNET and dena facilitate Women Power Lunch in Berlin

On the side of the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue in Berlin on April 17-18, GWNET had the opportunity to support and present in the Empowering Women in the Energy Transition Lunch, organised jointly with the German Energy Agency dena. This was the first such “women only” lunch in a series of four Energiewende-Dialog-Events through the German Federal Government. The response […]

GWNET holds networking reception @ Intersolar

Today’s networking reception at Intersolar, hosted by GWNET Advisory Council member Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, brought together women from all around the world working in sustainable energy & generated lots of ideas for future work of GWNET. It was encouraging to see women from different continents confronted with similar issues in their professional lives exchange & create ties. This will definitely help […]

Women advancing the global energy transition

As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) organized a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system. Opening the discussion, Philippe Scholtès, Managing Director of UNIDO’s Programme Development and Technical Cooperation, […]

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