Today is the day we celebrate and honor all women around the world for contributions made every single day, for breaking the glass ceilings and to power an equitable energy transition.
All our Goals are important, but today of all days, on International Women’s Day, nothing is more important than Goal 5 - Gender Equality.
Did you know that no country in the world has achieved gender equality? Yep, you read that correctly! Women are still undervalued and overlooked in every country on Earth. Inequality for women is one of the world's great injustices - an injustice that must be, and will be swept away.
Only by achieving Gender Equality can we achieve all the Goals. The relationship between energy transition and gender perspective is much more powerful and important than it appears at first glance. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change and have valuable knowledge and practical experiences to contribute to societal resilience.
Today only 19.1% of executives in the energy sector are women. This ratio is worse even than the already shocking global average of 22.9% which is how many women lead up the global companies surveyed by Denominator (see for more data insights).
The energy transition we are undergoing will continue to be a bumpy ride. As the IPCC report released last week made clear, we’re past the point of avoiding global warming completely, but it’s not too late to adapt. The answer is in front of us; human innovation is the way to get us there, and we can make it through to the other side. When people with different experiences come together to share new perspectives; new strategies are born and positive change follows. We can bend the curve of thinking.
At Energi.AI, we are proud supporters of the UN Global Compact and project everyone. We are positive that 2022 will be a big year for ESG. We will continue to shout about Goal 5 and make sure everyone, everywhere understands the urgency of achieving Gender Equality.
Happy International Women's day! Let’s continue to harness our collective power to make positive things happen.
- Christel Mathiesen, Co-Founder at Energi.AI