10 December 2019
Wind industry commits to greater gender diversity at industry events
On the occasion of COP25’s Gender Day, 14 wind and renewable energy associations representing the industry across the world have committed to uphold best practices for gender diversity at their future industry events. The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program published a guide of ‘Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events’ today to support member associations in mainstreaming gender diversity across their events to empower and showcase female leadership in the wind energy sector.
The full guide can be viewed online below or downloaded as a PDF here.
Further resources for diversity and inclusion in clean energy are available in the Women in Wind Resource Center.
Best Practices for Gender Diversity at Industry Events
The wind energy industry can play a leading role in promoting the role of women as agents of change, collaborators and innovators in the global energy transition. Our events should reflect this position.
Industry events signal the direction of the market, provide a public face for wind energy and showcase thought leadership and role models in the wider energy system. But too often, wind and other renewable events exhibit a dramatic gap between male and female speakers, unequal representation of women among attendees and poorly attended sessions on gender diversity. This must change.
The Women in Wind Global Leadership Program compiled a set of best practices for gender diversity at wind industry events. The following best practices should act as guidelines and not hard rules. Every event has a different market and context. These recommendations, provided in English, can be translated to other languages and markets with the appropriate consideration of cultural differences. In addition, events (particularly those billed as “global”) should reflect the wider diversity and inclusion picture, including representation of intersectionality.
We call on our colleagues across key transition technologies (like solar, biofuels, tidal, battery, hydrogen and storage, and demand-side response) to join the wind sector in ensuring that industry events are supportive of a gender-inclusive energy transition.
The following wind and renewable energy associations endorse this document and commit to upholding best practices for gender diversity at their future industry events:
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