People are at the centre of the clean energy transition. Men, women and youth – all individuals around the world are working towards a sustainable energy future, by advocating for policy-changes, engineering a new technology, monitoring the turbines at a hydropower facility, among many other roles.
It is also people who are directly impacted by the negative effects of climate change. Across Africa, people will be disproportionately affected compared to the rest of the world. It is important to be aware of the lives across the world that can benefit from sustainable hydropower.
The International Hydropower Association (IHA) and the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) provided research and analysis for the Power with full force – Getting to gender equality in the hydropower sector report developed by the World Bank Group’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP).
The report emphasises that the hydropower sector must be able to access the broadest pool of talent to fulfil its crucial role in the transition to low-carbon energy systems. That necessitates expanding education and training programs aimed at building an inclusive and balanced workforce to ensure that the creation of new, high-quality jobs benefits men and women equally.