Event detail
6 - 8 October 2019
MEDREG President raises awareness of gender inequality in the energy sector at the 10th Turkey Energy Summit
As part of the 10th Turkey Energy Summit taking place in Antalya on 6-8 October, MEDREG’s President Ms. Gülefsan Demirbas moderated a panel discussion titled “Women Leaders Guiding Energy!” on 7 October.

The session addressed gender inequality in the energy sector and sought possible solutions to tackle the issue, with the lively contributions and exchange of panellists Ms. Nurten Ozturk, board member of Opet, a Turkish petroleum distribution company, Ms. Ebru Edin, Executive Vice President of Garanti BBVA Bank and Ms. Ebru Ozdemir, Chairwoman of the Board of Limak Holding Co.

Ms. Demirbas presented the statistics on gender inequality in the energy sector, from all over the world and in Turkey: “This is a global problem. The rate of women working in energy sector in the world is 19% and the rate of female managers is only 1%”. She underlined the importance breaking down the prejudices and of raising public awareness on the issue: she also mentioned what could and should be done. In terms of positive initiatives already implemented, she referred to ICER Woman in Energy (WIE) activities, and in particular its mentoring program. She called the energy companies to take steps in eliminating gender inequality and said that “I believe that women leaders and managers in the energy sector will contribute a lot and increase successes of companies.”

Ms. Edin called the companies to have at least one woman on the management board while Ms. Ozdemir underlined the importance of solidarity among women and of the engineering education that characterises women in energy business.

The panel discussion saw the participation of a large audience and chimed with the theme of the summit, which was “Building the Future”.

MEDREG is proud to have a good gender parity with an equal proportion of women and men within its Board of Presidents and its Secretariat, and with 47% of women and 53% of men within its Working Group Chairmanship.
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