#womenenergize Women accelerates Women Empowerment in the Energy Sector

Held on June 15, 2023, in Munich in the context of Smarter E, Europe Fair is the 2nd edition of the Women Energize Women conference, bringing together experts and driving forces from innovation from politics, industry, and research to discuss pressing issues of the energy transition and to develop solutions.

#WomenEnergize Women is a communication initiative of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft far Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Renewable Energy Partnerships and Dialogues.

The one day event was focused on the theme “Financing the Energy Transition and Investing in Women.”

“Access to finances remains a common gender-specific barrier globally. Financial institutions must make financing more accessible and more inclusive by incorporating gender-equitable practices. Not only do women-led companies need to be invested in but additional education and skill building for women also needs to be funded ,” Dr. Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) stated in her opening remarks.

Brantner further highlighted the importance of women’s participation in the energy sector, noting that women comprise half of the world’s population but only 22% of the global energy workforce.

It is also important to note that the renewable energy sector will require 42 million skilled workers by 2050 and female experts will be dependent on them to reach that goal both in terms of expertise and innovation.

The conference was filled with a rich program of keynote speakers, motivational speakers, panellists, and workshops which unpacked discussions on how to advance the financing for women as well as include them in the energy transition.

It aimed to accelerate women’s empowerment, and the visibility of women and feminized people in the energy sector by connecting, inspiring, informing, and motivating them.

The conference served as the starting point with delegates from over the world which included #womenenergy Ambassadors which were introduced this year, 15 media fellows, and other delegates.

Women and girls all over the world are entitled to equal rights, equal representation, and appropriate resources. The energy transition will only succeed, if and when women can contribute with perspectives, creativity and knowledge.

Ingrid-Gabriela Hoven, Managing Director of GIZ

“A fair and successful energy transition is not possible without gender equality. The participation of women in the energy transition allows them to contribute to climate protection and improve their living conditions, which are only possible through tailor-made financing policies and programs from special funds to micro-credits. ”

Dr. Simone Peter, President of the German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE).

Namibia is leading on the continent in the transition to renewable energy, such as solar and wind, from fossil based energy production.

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