Women in leadership programme open for applications

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) is seeking applications for its Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme, now in its second year.

The 2019 programme included a week-long study tour in Germany and the UK (pic: GWEC)
The 2019 programme included a week-long study tour in Germany and the UK (pic: GWEC)

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The initiative, in partnership with the Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET), aims to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry by providing support and a pathway to leadership positions. 

Between 12 and 15 participants from 19 emerging markets such as Argentina, Egypt, Kenya, Russia and Vietnam will be invited to take part in the ten-month programme, and will work with a dedicated mentor. 

The first year of the scheme included a week-long study tour in Germany and the UK

According to data by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), women only make up 21% of the global wind industry, while only 8% hold senior management roles. 

"As the wind energy sector takes a leading role in the energy transition, gender equality should be at the top of our sector's priority list," said Joyce Lee, policy and operations director at GWEC. 

"The results of the Irena report show that we still have a long way to go. Nonetheless, we are confident that the Women in Wind initiative can work to empower more women in the industry, drive the next generation of energy leaders and inspire companies to build a more sustainable and equitable wind energy industry."

Participants will be selected from the applications or nominations from sponsors. The deadline to apply is 16 February 2020. 

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