The African Energy Chamber has become a signatory to the Equal by 30 Campaign, which calls for equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.
The chamber has been joined in this initiative by several partners, including Centurion Law Group, Tsavo Oilfield Services, Apex Industries, DMWA Resources, the Germany Africa Business Forum and Africa Oil & Power.
The Equal by 30 Campaign aims to advance gender equality and ensure women are firmly at the center of the energy industry. As signatories, the chamber and its partners have endorsed principles and taken concrete action to accelerate the participation of women in the energy sector and close the gender gap in Africa.
Equal by 30 is a joint initiative of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition and close the gender gap, and the International Energy Agency (IEA). Equal by 30 is led and based at Natural Resources Canada, a division of the Government of Canada.
“It is not a 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 our energy sector” stated N.J. Ayuk, executive chairman at the African Energy Chamber. “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.”
According to a press release, the energy sector remains one of the most gender imbalanced in the world. In response, world leaders pledged, in 2015, to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls by 2030.
The campaign is now at 144 signatories, including 118 organizations, 13 partners and 13 governments.
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