Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC)

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Engendering Industries Partner Profile

LEC was established in 1973 to produce and supply electricity to the nation. LEC currently serves nearly 50,000 customers and employs around 850 staff, of which 17 percent are women. USAID is proud to work with LEC in their commitment to improve gender equality in the energy sector as part of their path to long-term success.

After Liberia has been focused on rebuilding the electricity infrastructure that was destroyed during civil conflict and by post-war looting. While around 20 percent of the country now has electricity access, Liberia still has one of the lowest access rates in the world.

According to Liberia’s Gender Minister, energy is one of the least gender-diverse sectors in the country, which is especially noteworthy considering that women have otherwise achieved parity in Liberia’s workforce, at 50.6 percent according to a Pew Research Center analysis of International Labour Organization (ILO) data. The ILO also reports that 72.2 percent of Liberian women participate in the labor market, more than the global average. However, women are more likely than men to be employed in the informal sector.

USAID is partnering with LEC through the Engendering Industries program to assess and identify high-impact interventions that can improve gender equality within the organization. LEC will also place a strong emphasis on engaging influential male leaders as champions of gender equality.

Prior to engaging with Engendering Industries, LEC initiated gender equality improvements with support from Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Liberia, most notably through the development and adoption of a Gender and Social Inclusion (GSI) Policy and Sexual Harassment Policy. The overall objective of the GSI Policy is to identify and mitigate issues of gender disparity throughout the company, including a goal to reach 40/60 gender parity.

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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.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:30am

Last updated: February 23, 2022