PS for Energy Eng. Joseph Njoroge, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board C.E.O Eng. Collins Juma, Kenya Power C.E.O Dr. Ben Chumo amongst other key players in the energy and related sectors pose for a photo during the Women in Energy Conference and Awards held on 7th and 8th December, 2016 at Weston Hotel.
“The Government has instituted measures that facilitate the participation of women in the Energy space, by formulating and implementing the access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) as well as observing the one third gender rule.” stated PS Njoroge during the official opening of the Women in Energy Conference and Awards.
The Conference and Awards brought together men and women who are active participants in the energy sector to address the enlarging gender gap in the sector as well as to inspire, recognize and reward women’s participation.
Issues surrounding the participation of women in the energy sector were discussed as well as their personal development during several interactive sessions including presentations, keynote addresses by key industry leaders, panel discussions, interactive group discussions, motivational speeches and networking opportunities for the participants.
The awardees who distinguished themselves by making a positive contribution in the energy space included Marian Muthui, founder of The Mekatilili program who won the community leadership award, Hellen Odegi from Skylon- philanthropy service award, Martha Wakoli from Kenya Power- Power Gaga award, Chebet Lesan from BrightGreen renewable energy- entrepreneurship award, Beatrice Muthoni from KTDA power- professional award, Grace Rie from Gramax Investments- innovation award, Women in Business from Kenya National Chamber of Commerce – women group award and Boston Nyer- Energy company of the year.
PS Njoroge during his speech, noted that the biggest beneficiaries of the Jubilee Government key flagship projects are the women. These projects which include the Last mile connectivity, street lighting, primary school electrification and the LPG program are focused on; adequate generation of power, together with its infrastructure and universal access to electricity in our homes.
“Inadequate power causes electricity rationing in our country and this results in children being limited when it comes to their homework, women cannot conveniently light up their homes, they rely on lamps and they are most affected when we do not have the right forms of energy. The impact of Kenyans accessing electricity means, convenience for women and children, clean energy for women, industrialization and security.” Said PS Njoroge
Government agencies in the sector showcased their efforts to improve the environment for more women to participate through various initiatives such as WING (Women in Geothermal) program by Geothermal Development Company that admits women from all professions advocating to strengthen women’s voice, destiny and inclusiveness in the geothermal industry, Bring your daughter to work program by Kenya Power that exposes the young girls to the energy environment at an early stage and the Pink Energy initiative by KenGen.
PS Njoroge urged all Chief Executive Officers of the Energy sector to make it a part of their CSR to visit schools, reach out to young girls, encourage and motivate them to seek opportunities in the energy sector as well as successful women in the sector to champion this program in order to increase women’s space in the energy sector.