Powered by Women

Powered by Women helps renewable energy companies build the business case for gender diversity. We promote business growth, efficiency and enhanced sustainability by supporting the private sector to ‘walk the talk’ and close gender gaps within their organization and the communities they work in. We also aim to assist member companies to achieve Powered by Women commitments in a range of different areas through access to relevant research, tools, and resources.

Opportunities and risks

Both as employees and as members of affected communities women face opportunities and risks from renewable energy development, whether it’s hydro, wind or solar power. As employees, women are under-represented at all levels in this sector, particularly in leadership and technical jobs. This results in companies losing out on the well-established benefits of gender diversity: including access to talent, reduced absenteeism and improved productivity, better teamwork, innovation, improved community relationships, and uptake of environmental and social standards. In turn, women and their families miss out on good jobs and the income they provide.

Benefit sharing

Women in communities where renewable energy development is taking place can benefit from greater access to electricity and management of water resources in the case of hydropower projects. Benefit sharing and investments in the community can potentially increase women’s access to services and job opportunities.

On the other hand, women may be excluded from development plans and employment, and end up further disadvantaged by the development. The construction phase can bring with it new risks which can be minimized through more inclusive and gender sensitive community engagement and project planning.

 

Vision for Improving Gender Diversity in the Renewable Energy Sector

Powered by Women helps member companies with training and resources to put in place gender-smart workplace initiatives. For more information on becoming a member, please read our brochure or contact: 

Kate Lazarus, Team Leader, Hydro Advisory      
e-mail: klazarus@ifc.org

Ellen Maynes, Operations Officer, Gender
e-mail: emaynes@ifc.org

 


NEW! Read about IFC's efforts to bridge the gender gap in the hydropower sector in "It's not just men, maths and hard hats" in the latest issue of International Water Power and Dam Construction magazine. 

 

Webinar: “Powered” Learning Series

Powered by Women members want to reap the benefits of gender diversity and close gender gaps within their operation. The “Powered” Learning Series is designed to give these companies tools and knowledge to help them understand gender gaps in their organization and develop and implement gender smart interventions. Previous topics include employer-supported childcare and how to enhance stakeholder engagement. The webinars are designed for human resource professionals and policy makers, however all staff of member companies are welcome to attend. For more information on the Powered webinar series please contact Hnin Nwe Nwe Aung at haung2@ifc.org 

Powered #5 - Fundamental Elements of Mentorship
June 14, 2019

Powered #4 - Findings of the recently released IFC report Respectful Workplaces: Exploring the Costs of Bullying and Sexual Harassment to Businesses in Myanmar
May 31, 2019

Powered #3 - Monitoring and Evaluations Knowledge Sharing Session
May 20, 2019

Powered #2 - Enhancing Engagement of Women as Stakeholders
February 18, 2019

Powered #1 - Employer Supported Childcare
January 18, 2019