CCREEE Confronts Gender Challenges in Energy Sector
(Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency) The Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) brought together around thirty staff members from varying regional organisations to benefit from training focused on gender mainstreaming in the energy sector.
During the two half-day virtual training sessions, participants came to understand equality versus equity, gender and women’s empowerment in the Caribbean context, intervention design and how staff could apply gender needs assessment tools, in practice. The training provided an opportunity for colleagues to pose queries and have them addressed by experts in the field.
Attendees acknowledged that while many women now work within the energy sector, there are still relatively few in leadership roles and some roles are still seen as reserved for men, based on physical attributes like strength. Discussions also surrounded the practical implementation of gender balance in organisations, and whether this places some competent candidates at a disadvantage.