Celebrating Big Wins Amid a Difficult Year


2020 was a year of disruption, loss, adaptation and change. It was a year in which human resilience and innovation shone stronger than ever, and in which the wind sector took strides forward in technology and demonstrated the robustness of its global supply chain. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the existing vulnerabilities of the fight for gender equality.

Background

The Global Wind Energy Council and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition launched the Women in Wind Program in 2019, with the aim to advance the careers of young women in the wind industry by offering access to mentorship, knowledge-sharing, networking and skill development. At the beginning of 2020, we launched the second cycle of the program, with high hopes of building upon the success of the first cohort. With 15 mentees from over 13 countries and 5 continents, this truly global program aimed to advance diversity and inclusion in a sector with a staggering gender gap. 

What we didn’t expect was that, despite increased family responsibilities, shifting working dynamics, unexpected illness and personal loss brought about by the pandemic, the Participants of the 2020 program would lean in to last year’s challenges and not only persevere but grow during this difficult period.

Achievements from Mentees and Mentors

Over the last 10 months of Women in Wind, our Participants made a number of achievements, including: 
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A comprehensive study on gender equality in the workplace, authored by a Mentor and Participant tandem in Argentina

A series of youth-oriented webinars to promote renewable energy in an emerging economy in South East Asia

A flexible working policy to allow employees to achieve work life balance during the pandemic in South East Asia

Mentees and mentors inspiring their colleagues to enter into mentorships around the world

Negotiations for title changes and back pay where deserved in Africa

Multiple career promotions, lasting connections, and more.

Other highlights of Women in Wind in 2020

As companies moved their operations online, Women in Wind continued to connect virtually with our Participants, Mentors, Partners and other supporters over the last year. Together we produced a number of positive outcomes:

  • Partnered with IRENA on the “Wind Energy: A Gender Perspective” report published in January 2020, which is the first-ever study to track the representation of women across the global wind energy value chain.
  • Published the “Best Practices in Talent Recruitment” guide in August 2020, which serves as a resource to advance gender equality in the wind industry and attract top talent and skills, with the end-goal of building a dynamic and inclusive workforce that can drive the global energy transition.
  • Supported the global rollout of the “Let the Wind Blow” children’s book with translations into Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Mongolian, Swahili, Turkish and Vietnamese, as well as accompanying bedtime audio recordings.
  • Held the first Global Ambassadors Forum with speakers from IRENA.
  • Held the first Partners Forum with speakers from Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.
  • Hosted five Knowledge-Transfer Webinars on industry and personal development topics, which are summarised on the Women in Wind blog.
  • Led an active online storytelling campaign on social media and the Women in Wind blog throughout the year – including interviews with several of our mentees and mentors and an Instagram Takeover.
Looking ahead in 2021

We are extremely honoured to know such a dynamic group of women professionals in wind energy, who are determined to advance gender equality and the energy transition. In particular, we are grateful to the time and efforts dedicated to the program from our Mentors in 2020, who see great merit in supporting the next generation of wind energy leaders. 

This week, we launched applications for the third cycle of Women in Wind, which will be open for public application until 14 February 2021. The 2021 program aims to foster a global network of women professionals working across various roles in the wind sector, provide a forum for one-on-one mentorship and knowledge-transfer to support women’s pathways to leadership positions. We encourage you to read more about the program and apply if you meet the criteria. 

Congratulations to our 2020 cohort for completing the program, and we look forward to seeing you on clean energy stages around the world one day.

Read more reflections from our 2020 Participants on the @WeAreWomenInWind Instagram channel. For any questions about the program, please contact womeninwind@gwec.net.

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