Energy: women as equal players in the 21st century

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Practical information

  • Composition of the study group
  • Administrator: Erika PAULINOVA, Assistant: Baiba SPUNDE 
  • Foreseen for the TEN Section meeting:  23 June 2020
  • Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session:  15-16 July 2020

 

Background

Likewise to transport, the energy sector is on women's radars, and employment in this sector should be fully open to them. Faced with all the issues raised in these sectors, women are not a "category", but "people", individual agents like any other. European demographics already emphasise the position they should occupy.

The proposed opinion will elaborate on the following points:

The EU should use all of its talents: more women are needed in European society and the European economy. For example, the proportion of women working in the EU is 46%, while in the energy sector it varies only from 22% to 32% (similarly to transport with 22% of female employees). It is necessary to boost awareness of this and promote equal opportunities everywhere. Likewise as in transport, there are too many areas in the energy sector where women face genuine specific barriers.

Women should be treated better: in the energy sector, women's rights and their person should be better protected, they should be able to access better jobs and qualifications, and they should be better paid.

Women are today's co-makers of informed decisions regarding energy use, and the educators of tomorrow's workforce: they should be recognised and assisted in this role, which prepares the workforce of tomorrow to become citizens for sustainable development. Women are already major actors in the just transition. They are at the forefront of exposure to the risks of energy poverty and experience the issues of prices first hand.

It is vital for women and for the EU that they are included in social, territorial and civic dialogue so they can contribute to developing future policies on energy and sustainable development.

Building upon EESC's know-how and involvement in "women and transport" subject, this own-initiative opinion thus aims to contribute strongly – and maybe even launch – the process of finding appropriate responses to the gender equality related issues in the energy sector too.