The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) have opened the call for applications for the third edition of their joint Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme.
The programme is designed to accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry, facilitating empowerment and career development by providing training, mentorship, knowledge-sharing and fostering a global network of professionals in the industry.
In 2020, Women in Wind and IRENA jointly published Wind energy: A gender perspective, a landmark study showing that women make up only 21% of the global wind energy workforce, with only 8% of senior management roles held by women. The study also highlights that two-thirds of women in the wind industry perceive gender-related barriers to their career development.
Joyce Lee, policy and operations director at GWEC, said: “The wind sector is at the heart of the energy transition, and gender diversity is critical for building a skilled and dynamic workforce to unlock innovation and drive growth in our industry. This is especially crucial now, as the pandemic has hampered global progress towards closing the gender gap. With the wind sector on a path for record growth this year, gender diversity must be a priority for a just and green recovery.”
Christine Lins, executive director and founding member of GWNET, added: “In the second edition of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Programme, we were inspired by the commitment of mentors and mentees from over 13 countries and five continents to foster a global professional network, share knowledge and experiences and empower one another despite COVID-19 limitations. In 2021, we look forward to welcoming a new group of inspiring women from across key emerging markets for wind power, and to continue our work to urgently address the gender gap which exists in the wind sector.”
The third edition of the Global Leadership Programme builds upon the milestones of the 2020 edition, including: five Knowledge-Transfer Webinars on industry topics; a special workshop on negotiation skills with the CEO of TerraPro Solutions; an active online storytelling campaign; a Women in Wind Blog; appointment of Women in Wind Global Ambassadors in eight different countries; its first Global Ambassadors Forum and its first Partner Forum, welcoming speakers from IRENA, GWNET, and the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index; a “Best Practices for Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment”; a Resource Center; and supporting six new translations of the children’s book “Let the Wind Blow”.
Diversity in background and geography are driving principles of the programme. In 2021, the programme will welcome up to 15 participants across all disciplines of the sector, from or based in the following emerging markets for wind: Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
The public application period is open from 18 January – 14 February 2021. Successful applicants will be matched with a dedicated mentor and take part in a programme from March 2021 – January 2022.