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“Gender diversity is a no-brainer,” says Miriam Mannak, a freelance energy correspondent and African Utility Week event ambassador, “particularly considering the large numbers of women graduating from university.”

This year’s event includes a ‘Women in Power Lunch’ hosted by the Canadian government and USA’s Power Africa initiative, focusing on “Capturing the Value of Private Sector Investment in Generation, Transmission or Distribution” and how women are taking the lead in the power sector.

The question now is: Should gender still matter in the energy sector?

Miriam adds: “What applies to companies, applies to entire sectors. Africa's energy sector will not be able to develop, progress, and remain competitive and relevant if it refuses to transform and move on from being predominantly male-based structure to a diverse status quo. This is 2019, after all.”

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