Ethiopian Women in Energy Network, #EWiEN, relaunched today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with an improved governance structure in the presence of larger stakeholders including Abraham Belay(Dr.), CEO of EEP, members of #EWiEN, invited guests, sponsors and volunteers.
The Relaunching program includes key note speeches, presentations, panel discussions and official launching ceremony.
As introduced by Atsede Gualu(Dr.),#EWiEN Chairwoman, and Filagot Tesfaye(Engineer), #EWiEN President, #EWiEN has a vision to see Ethiopian Women, at the heart of the energy sector, as change agents and beneficiary in the effort of providing energy access to all. The network will focus on Empowering, promoting Visibility and Networking women in the energy sector.
There is a clear energy access deficits in Ethiopia with only 43% of the population having access to electricity and close to 80% of the whole population dependent on biomass for cooking disproportionately affecting women in multiple dimensions across the country. eepBp believes, #EWiEN will make a difference in becoming a voice for the unprivileged many in the energy value chain. Meskerem Mulatu, gender and energy consultant of the World Bank, in her presentation, highlighted the prevailing gender gap in the energy sector and the initiative the Bank has been implementing to support women participation in the Ethiopia.
Rekik Bekele, #EWiEN member and CEO of Green Scene Energy, shared her experience in starting up a company and the opportunities and the challenges working in the male dominated energy sector. She advised that entrepreneurs need to have role models to look up to and it is a very good time for women to obtain financing if they come up with a great business idea.
Tsinu Amdeselassie from Earuyan Solutions which provides mentoring and leadership coaching programs for women, made a very sensible point that women has additional emotional intelligence that they can bring to the table if they are given the opportunity to maneuver. Given, the cooking practice has some cultural implications, eepBp too believes, the involvement of woman in the design and implementation of modern cooking technologies would be so invaluable.
Participation of women at policy discussions and program implementations would have a tremendous impact to move the energy agenda forward and it is an excellent opportunity for #EWiEN to play just that role.
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