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Engendering Industries Partner Profile

EVN Macedonia, provides energy to 812,000 customers and employs more than 1,800 professionals, of which 21 percent are women. USAID is proud to work with EVN Macedonia in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

In the mid-2000s, North Macedonia’s state-owned power company was unbundled into separate generation, transmission, and distribution utilities. The Austrian company EVN took over distribution responsibilities in 2006, while two state-owned companies remain responsible for generation and transmission. More recently, North Macedonia has focused on opening the electricity market for private investment, as well as domestic and international gas pipeline networks.

Economic and political transformation in the region brought structural shifts that led to the decline of women in the workforce, including within the energy sector. The impact of this decline is still felt today; according to the International Labor Organization, only 42.3 percent of women are in the labor market, compared to 67.5 percent of men. These larger labor market changes and energy market restructurings have contributed to gender inequity within EVN Macedonia’s workforce.

USAID is partnering with EVN Macedonia through the Engendering Industries program to assist in the development and implementation of their tailored action plan to incorporate gender equity into their business practices. EVN Macedonia’s HR specialists also took part in Engendering Industries’ customized Gender Equity Executive Leadership (GEELP) program, in partnership with Georgetown University. The program’s capstone project required participants to address methods to integrate gender equity into the HR employee lifecycle and utilize advanced change management approaches to maximize their company’s cultural evolution. This partnership has resulted in significant and substantial progress toward a gender-equitable future for the company.

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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, February 8, 2019 - 2:00am

Last updated: February 23, 2022