Electricidade de Moçambique Increases Women’s Participation in the Power Sector

Speeches Shim

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fewer women than men participate in the labor force around the world. In Mozambique only 52 percent of women are employed, compared to 80 percent of men. Over 80 percent of the women employed in Mozambique work in the agricultural sector, while only three percent of women work in industry. To increase women’s participation in the male-dominated energy sector, USAID’s Engendering Utilities partnered with Electricidade de Moçambique, a Mozambican power utility.

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 Utilities 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. “When we conducted our first gender assessment in 2017, only five women worked in the [energy] generation directorate,” said Celia Naitiniane Langa, Head of Policy Development and a Gender Manager at EDM. “We were building the Maputo Thermal Power Plant and our CEO and Board of Directors committed to staffing the power plant with more women. With committed leadership, and with the help of our Engendering Utilities coach, we were able to change our hiring procedures to increase the number of women at the utility.”

Last updated: November 17, 2021

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