By Gloria Nwafor
The ‘Equal by 30 Campaign’ is a joint initiative of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), as well as the International Energy Agency (IEA), with endorsed principles and concrete action to accelerate the participation of women in the energy sector and close the gender gap in Africa.
The African Energy Chamber maintained that there is more urgency than ever to align political, financial, economic, and social resources to create a more equitable energy sector in Africa for all, noting that as a coalition, it cannot be done without involving women.
The Equal by 30 Campaign is being rolled out with the aim to advance gender equality and ensure women are firmly at the centre of the energy industry.
As signatories, the chamber and its partners, who have joined the call, all have multi-pronged and complimentary spheres of operation, making them a powerful group to promote the campaign’s agenda far and wide across the African continent.
Executive Chairman, African Energy Chamber, NJ Ayuk, noting that the energy sector remained one of the most gender imbalanced in the world, maintained that transformation of the global energy sector would only succeed if nations harnessed all available talent, by removing barriers to women’s participation, empowering women, and creating a more inclusive energy sector overall.
He argued that it is not in question that women add incredible value to the businesses they run and operate in the energy sector, the African energy industry must move beyond words and platitudes and must ensure women are included in all facets of the sector.
He added: “We are proud to fully support this campaign as the Chamber and to bring a lot of companies operating in the energy sector on board as well. There is a whole lot of change going on at the moment; therefore, there is no better time to ensure we build a bright future that includes women, looking ahead at 2030 and beyond.”
Presently, Equal by 30, which is led and based at Natural Resources Canada, a division of the Government of Canada, now has 144 signatories in total, including 118 organisations, 13 partners, and 13 governments.