It started in Praia, Cabo Verde – a global campaign to raise awareness of the underutilized potential of women in the energy sector. Since its launch in March 2015, the message of #STANDTALL has travelled from West Africa to Southern Africa, Europe and the United States, with male and female Standtallers, from every continent in the world, saying “women and girls should be proud and confident in their qualities, capacities, abilities, talents and skills”, and that “women and girls have something to offer towards ending energy poverty and to the sustainable development of their communities”.
The Campaign comes at a time when it is increasingly becoming recognized and accepted that an energy sector where women’s human capital is not appropriately harnessed and utilized cannot achieve the goal of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL). And that if the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) are to result in no one being left behind then a non-inclusive energy sector should not be accepted.
The Campaign, therefore, aims to address the problem targeting the root cause – social constructions dictating jobs that are appropriate for women and those best fitted for men. STEM fields have been an area young girls have shied away from, mainly because those fields have been thought to be a man’s domain.
“Women tend to be more interested in liberal arts compared to the sciences. This is because, for example, being an electrical engineer or technician is thought to be a man’s occupation” – Mr Edward Konneh (Ministry of Energy) and Ms. Ruby Folly (Rural and Renewable Energy Agency) Liberia.
The result has been fewer women eligible for technical jobs in the energy sector, and even fewer women for managerial positions.
“In the energy field, there is a shortage of women in decision making roles; this is due to a shortage of women technical employees in the energy sector. Persistent social factors are behind this” – Mrs. Désirée Yamba, Ministry of Energy, Burkina Faso
We, the Standtallers, believe that our voices and actions can make a difference. Do you?
See who had fun with #STANDTALL at the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference ( SAIREC ) 2015
I am Sakina Isa from Rogo community. After this program, I now understand that the energy business is not just for men and also it is a profitable business that we can do right in our communities. I am highly motivated and interested to do the business participating in the MASI project.
I am Sara Tumaki from Kunkumi Community. This program has made me understand the importance of doing business. I now understand that if I take my business seriously, I can grow in it. I am already thinking of how I am going to do the energy business in my community and I am thinking if I succeed in it I can start buying some things I have always wanted for my children.
My name is Yuguda Nuhu, Community head of Hago community. I am totally convinced that the MASI project will bring about growth and development in our community. I think the information is worth sharing with those who were not present at the program and I also wish to thank Sosai for such a huge opportunity to improve the lives of our women.
I am Salihat Aliyu representing the Commissioner Ministry of health, Kaduna State. From all the presentations I saw during the launch, I am truly impressed with this project Sosai will be starting in the state. Obviously it is going to improve the health of people and also bring about sustainable development in the state.
I am Mrs. Rose J. Bako representing the Commissioner Ministry of Women affairs, Kaduna State. The MASI project seems to be an interesting one. I am definitely going to take back the message from here to the commissioner and we will see how we at the ministry of women affairs will support the project.