Strengthening Energy Utilities through Gender Equality Initiatives
USAID’s Engendering Utilities program works with electricity utilities in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in the traditionally male-dominated energy sector leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Additionally, increased gender equality can improve business performance and help utilities meet their bottom-line goals by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Moreover, well-functioning utilities create stronger and more resilient national energy sectors that are critical for economic growth and promoting a path to self-reliance. Engendering Utilities delivers a unique approach to improving gender equality in the energy sector. Through customized best practices, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Utilities builds the capacity of utility leaders to implement gender equality interventions in their organizations.