Source: IRENASource: IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), with support from GWNET, REN21 and other institutions, is undertaking a global Gender and Renewable Energy survey.

The survey is intended to gather quantitative and qualitative insights on the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector, existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. The findings will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy, and inform policy-making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent.

The survey differentiates between those working in the access and non-access (modern) contexts. For each, respondents can take the survey as an individual or on behalf of an organization. The questions for each category are different:

• From individuals working in the sector: insights will be collected on the challenges and barriers faced in attracting and retaining women in the workforce, as well as potential solutions.

• From organizations in the sector: IRENA would like to understand the gender distribution in the workforce and the policies and measures being implemented toward greater gender diversity. As answering the questions will require knowledge of relevant staff statistics, representatives from the Human Resources division may be best equipped to take this part of the survey.

The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes to complete, and personal data and individually identifiable information will not be publicly disclosed.

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