As part of this year’s Vienna Energy Forum, REN21 and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) organised a side event to discuss and strengthen the role of women in the transition towards a sustainable energy system.
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN21, pointed out that “there is a gender gap in the global renewable energy workforce. The under-representation of women in sustainable energy is part of a bigger problem of the under-representation of women in the field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)".
At a reception that followed the event, the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) was launched. The network aims to empower women who work in sustainable energy in developed, emerging and developing countries through mentoring, coaching, advocacy and technical cooperation.
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