EDM Increases Women’s Participation in the Power Sector

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USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports partner Electricidade de Moçambique, a Mozambican power utility, to increase women’s participation in the workforce.

Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) provides electricity to nearly 30 percent of Mozambique’s population. Only 18 percent of the utility’s 3,400 employees are women, and few work in technical, engineering, or leadership roles. In 2018, Engendering Industries began supporting EDM to address gender inequities at each phase of the employee lifecycle. By improving the organization's recruitment and hiring practices, the utility has widened its pool of qualified candidates, improved business efficiency, and increased economic opportunities for women in Mozambique’s traditionally male-dominated power industry.

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Launched in 2015, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports organizations in developing countries to increase economic opportunities for women and improve gender equality in the workplace. Expanding women’s participation in male-dominated sectors leads to tangible economic empowerment outcomes for women, such as formal employment opportunities and higher income. Increased gender equality also improves an organization’s business performance, helping companies meet their bottom-line by enhancing employee satisfaction, reducing turnover, and driving productivity. Well-functioning organizations are also vital in supporting stronger and more resilient economies. Through a customized best practices framework, demand-driven coaching, and a Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, Engendering Industries builds the capacity of leaders to implement gender equality interventions that increase the professional participation of women and improve business performance.

Friday, January 15, 2021 - 1:00pm

Last updated: February 23, 2022