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Empowering Women to Power the Dominican Republic

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USAID’s Engendering Industries improves economic opportunities for women in the country’s energy sector.

Power and Empowerment in Liberia

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How USAID’s Engendering Industries program supported the Liberia Electricity Corporation to improve gender equality, doubled the customer base, and reduced commercial losses.

ISWSC Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence Results in New Legislation in Nigeria

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ISWSC’s state campaign to pass the Violence Against People Prohibition Act is one of several public initiatives the company has used to advance gender equality both inside and outside the workplace.

Nigerian Partners Target Female STEM Students to Increase Women in Technical Roles

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Engendering Industries’ utility partners in Nigeria conduct outreach to female students at the primary, secondary, and university levels; a long-term play to advance women in the power and water sectors.

Through a Local Lens: Institutionalizing Gender Equality

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To scale impact, Engendering Industries embeds gender equality trainings at partner institutions worldwide. 

Powering the Potential of Women’s Networks

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In partnership with Power Africa, USAID’s Engendering Industries program supports Women in African Power to grow and sustain professional women’s networks across Africa.

Knocking down gender barriers

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USAID Engendering Industries initiative increases gender equality in male-dominated organizations around the world, by empowering employees to become equality champions. Learn more about how USAID is supporting INAPA, a water utility company of the Dominican Republic, to promote gender equality.

Sonia Milena Girlado Makes the Business Case For Equality

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“Reaching gender equality is a long road,” Sonia said, “but EPM has been recognized for its efforts and now we have an opportunity to increase our impact and share what we have learned.”

Engendering Industries Partner, EDESUR, Awarded UNDP Gender Equality Seal

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The gender equality best practices implemented through Engendering Industries helped EDESUR achieve a top-tier gold seal award.

The Woman Who Powered Mozambique Island

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When Cyclone Gombe leveled power lines, Sidónia Figuera led her team into action.

Power Sector Leaders Become Gender Equality Champions

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The Engendering Industries Men's Engagement program shifts the hearts and minds of male leaders in West Africa.

First Responder: Sara Villa

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Sara Villa navigates a national gender equality emergency in El Salvador.

Promigas Looks at the World Through a Gender Lens

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Promigas, a Colombian energy company, participated in USAID’s Engendering Industries Workforce Gender Equality Accelerated Program. Now, the company is rolling out a strategic plan for gender equality that will impact all facets of their business as well as their philanthropic work. 

Using Data to Advance Gender Equality in Male-Dominated Industries

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Engendering Industries collaborated with partners in El Salvador and Senegal to collect, analyze, and use labor market data to advance gender equality.

First Transmitter: Dorentina Shala is the first woman to work in a power station at KOSTT

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Dorentina was scrolling through Facebook when she landed on a job ad for KOSTT alongside four life changing words: Women encouraged to apply.

Ask The Expert: Hayley Samu

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Hayley Samu, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Principal, shares Engendering Industries best practices in using survivor-centered approaches to prevent and address workplace sexual harassment and other forms of GBV.

Developing a Workplace Sexual Harassment Policy

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This case study shares lessons from Engendering Industries’ partner, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, in Nigeria.

Breaking Barriers: Yanela Zapata Garcia

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EDESUR's Yanela Zapata Garcia discussed the role of mothers, fathers, and husbands in supporting women to pursue their professional dreams.

Breaking Barriers: Maria Teresa Menendez

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Maria Teresa Menendez (DELSUR) spoke about the importance of mentorship, engaging men in the workplace, and the actions that can advance women in male-dominated industries.

Breaking Barriers: Ethel Atupele Bvalani

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Ethel Atupele Bvalani (EGENCO) spoke to the Engendering Industries Partner Network about the importance of empowering and inspiring girls to pursue careers in male-dominated sectors.

Breaking Barriers: Daniel Iyoha-Ojie And Pramod Kumar Mishra

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Engendering Industries partners discussed the importance of male engagement in advancing workforce gender equality.

Breaking Barriers: Wola Joseph

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Wola Joseph, Chief Legal Officer at Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP), spoke about implementing survivor-centered approaches to workplace harassment.

Breaking Barriers: Hariet Banie

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Harriet Banie, an electrical engineer at GRIDCo, spoke about what it takes to advance women in Ghana’s male-dominated power industry.

Advancing gender equality in Kosovo's energy sector

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Kosovo faces one of the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, with female employment and leadership in male-dominated industries, such as power and water, almost non-existent.  However, a partnership between USAID and Kosovo’s power utility is making strides to change this. 

Where are the Women?

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USAID’s Engendering Industries supports partners to develop innovative communications, marketing campaigns, and events that normalize and increase the participation of women in male-dominated industries

Paternity Leave ‘Beneficial for Business’ at Indian Utility

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BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) improves parental leave for all employees. Improving work/life balance boosts performance at the utility.

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.

Return on Investment at Tata Power-DDL

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With support from USAID’s Engendering Industries program, Tata Power-DDL implements women’s leadership and development initiatives that improve company culture and performance.

Moving Gender-Based Violence out of the Shadows

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In recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, representatives of the Dominican power utility EDESUR discuss efforts to combat GBV in the workplace.

In North Macedonia, the Future is Female

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Nearly forty percent of EVN’s employees are male technicians, many nearing retirement. With a limited national talent pool, EVN began building the next generation of STEM professionals, starting with girls.

Female Perspectives Raise Revenue for Indian Power Utility

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Partner utility BSES Rajdhani Power Limited in India deploys female field staff to improve community relations, reduce electricity theft and illegal connections, and increase revenue.

Partnering with Indian Utilities to Deliver Gender Equality

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USAID has partnered with BSES Rajdhani and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited to strengthen women’s participation in India’s energy sector.

Changemakers in Action: EVN Macedonia Leads by Example

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Alumni of USAID’s Engendering Industries program created the Women in INdustry (WIN) Conference to amplify lessons learned. Now in its third year, the conference is reshaping attitudes about gender equality far beyond their company.

Reaching New Heights

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) hires its first female line workers, increasing women’s role in Nigeria’s traditionally male-dominated energy sector.

EKEDC Nigeria: Bring Your Daughter to Work Day

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On July 15, 2016, EkoElectricty Distribution Company (EKEDC) in Nigeria hosted 35 girls for its first Bring Your Daughter to Work Day, under USAID’s Engendering Industries program. The event encouraged the girls to continue learning, consider futures without gender limitations and see the many job options in the energy sector.

EVN Macedonia: Bring Your Daughter to Work Day

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This visit to their parents’ workplace, supported by USAID’s Engendering Industries program, inspires girls to dream of new job possibilities.

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Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program Graduates

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Thirty-four participants of USAID’s Engendering Industries program graduated from the Gender Equity Executive Leadership Program, a course developed by USAID and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Engendering Industries Welcomes New Partners

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USAID’s Engendering Industries program welcomes 13 new partners from 10 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Engendering Industries Welcomes New Partners

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Nine new partner organizations from eight countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean represent a significant expansion of USAID’s Engendering Industries program.

Engendering Industries Welcomes New Partners

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USAID’s Engendering Industries program welcomes 12 new partners from 11 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.