The Executive Vice President of Tullow Oil Plc, Kweku Awotwi, joined representatives in the energy sector to launch the Women in Energy Ghana platform held last Thursday in Accra.
The event brought together players and stakeholders in Ghana’s energy sector to drive the efforts at promoting gender diversity at all strategic levels in the sector.
According to Mr. Awotwi, the event serves as a platform to reflect on the place of women energy professionals in Ghana; finding ways to attract more women into Ghana’s Energy industry as well as examining their role in empowering and supporting them to achieve their full potential.
He noted that over the last few years, his outfit has put in some measures aimed at promoting women as part of Tullow’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
“Over the period in my professional career, I have met some dynamic and impressive female energy professionals. Crucial to my experience are the lessons learnt about diversity and the need for inclusiveness”, he said.
The Executive Vice President insisted that across all sectors, gender diversity cannot be achieved without women assuming various key leadership positions and as such in a technically complex area such as energy sector, it is imperative women are also well represented.
This is essential in the sense that the global energy industry is far off from achieving gender parity.
A report conducted in 2018 by the Global Energy Talent Index (GETI) which surveyed more than 20,000 people across the oil and gas sector, indicates that women make up 10 percent of the global energy workforce in the sector; this situation is no different in Ghana as available data suggest similar disparities.