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IWD 2023 Breakfast Session will examine Programmes & Initiatives for Equitable Access for Women in Nigeria’s Energy Industry
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By Funmi Ogbue
It is my pleasure to speak with you today on behalf of the Women in Energy Network (WIEN) as we prepare for our 2023 International Women’s Day Breakfast Session. This year’s event is themed, “Programmes & Initiatives for Equitable Access for Women in the Nigerian Energy Industry,” and we are excited to be organizing it in partnership with Women in Shell Network and Seplat Awesome Women’s Network.

 

Now in its third edition, our first two breakfast sessions have successfully brought together women in the industry to discuss the challenges they face and share experiences. These sessions have provided valuable insights into the issues affecting women in the sector, and we are committed to addressing these challenges through our upcoming event.

As we all know, the energy industry is critical to the growth and development of Nigeria, and women play an essential role in driving innovation, excellence, and progress in this field. However, despite their contributions, women still face significant barriers to entry and advancement in the energy sector.

That is why the WIEN 2023 International Women’s Day Breakfast Session is so timely and essential. This event brings together industry experts, policymakers, and advocates to share insights on the various programs and initiatives aimed at promoting equitable access for women in the Nigerian energy industry.

As we celebrate the progress, we have made in advancing the role of women in the energy sector, we are also aware of the challenges that lie ahead. According to a recent report by the International Energy Agency, women make up only 22% of the energy industry’s workforce in Nigeria, and only 12% occupy senior management roles. This highlights the need for concerted efforts to promote gender diversity in the sector, and we believe that the new administration has a critical role to play in this regard.

Since our inception in 2020, WIEN has been committed to the promotion and advancement of women in the energy sector. We have worked tirelessly to empower women through various initiatives and programs. Some of our key activities include:

· Providing training and mentoring opportunities: We believe that women need to be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the energy sector. To this end, we have organized training and mentoring programs that provide women with the tools they need to advance their careers.

· Organizing networking events: We understand the importance of networking in the energy sector, and we have organized several events that bring women in the industry together to share experiences, build relationships, and create opportunities.

· Advocating for equal opportunities and gender diversity in the workplace: We believe that gender diversity is essential for the success of the energy sector, and we have been actively advocating for equal opportunities and gender diversity in the workplace.

While WIEN is committed to working towards the goal of advancement of women in the energy sector, we look forward to collaborating with the new administration of the just concluded 2023 General Elections to create a more equitable and inclusive energy sector and to prioritize the advancement of women in the energy sector. We believe that this can be achieved through policies and initiatives that promote equal opportunities, gender diversity, and inclusion in the workplace. We also urge the government to support training and mentoring programs for women in the industry and to encourage public-private partnerships that promote gender diversity in the sector.

We call on you, the press to support our cause and help us raise awareness of the need for gender diversity in the industry. We invite you to continue the conversation on advancing the role of women in the Nigerian energy industry. Together, we can create a better future for women in the energy sector.

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to your continued support.

.Being the full text of the address presented by the President of WIEN, Funmi Ogbue at a Press Conference in Lagos, March 15, 2023

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