By Ngozi Okpalakunne
As part of their efforts to support strategies that would promote and enable equal participation of women in the energy value chain, the Women in Energy Network (WIEN) in collaboration with the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) have concluded plans to host the International Women in Energy Symposium.
The virtual symposium which will come under the theme, “Light Up Africa” is scheduled to hold between 9:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday the 13th of March, 2021 and it is part of the organisers activities to mark this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD).
A statement co-signed by the Publicity Director WIEN, Charlotte Essiet and the Head of Communications, REAN, Chioma Ome, the event aimed to bring together Women in Energy across Africa an well as yield initiatives to extend the footprint of women in Energy to new frontiers and increase women’s talent contribution to Light up Africa.
According to the president of WIEN, Ms. Funmi Ogbue, celebrating IWD, in partnership with REAN would bring together the women in energy across Africa to collaborate on a S.M.A.R.T gender inclusion action plan, signing a charter to commit to the action items within a certain timeline.
Ogbue also explained that the event presents another opportunity for further actualization of the WIEN vision, which is to be the leading Network that promotes the participation and advancement of Women in leadership across the energy value chain in support of National Development.
On her part, REAN’s Executive Secretary, Ms. Lande Abudu, said: “we are delighted to be co-hosting the Women in Energy Symposium. There has never been a more critical time to amplify discussions that will enhance gender inclusion in the energy sector. The Symposium joins a growing list of activities that REAN is involved in to encourage the participation of women in the energy sector. The link between gender equality and reduced energy poverty is something we have long recognised, and we are certain that this event will deliver positive outcomes.”
It is interesting to note that WIEN is an association established in 2020 to provide a platform for Women that work across the Energy Industry value chain; to network and build confidence and links to progress their careers or businesses.
While, Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation founded by renewable energy professionals, project developers and practitioners in Nigeria’s renewable energy sector, dedicated to promoting the growth and development of the industry in Nigeria by engaging with the public and private sector to guide advocacy, policy formulation and investment in the sector.