Energy industry still struggling with gender balance – Energy Global

Workplace diversity is becoming more important than ever as the energy sector undergoes a rapid transformation, and as gender balance increasingly emerges as a definitive factor in organisational success, female leaders said ahead of the upcoming ADIPEC 2016 ‘Women in Energy’ conference.

Speaking on the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day (28 August), female achievers said that while great strides have been made in promoting gender diversity, the oil and gas industry is still struggling with exceptionally low female-to-male ratios when compared to other fields of work.

“Things have dramatically improved for women in the UAE in the past few years, driven principally by the strong and unwavering support of the country’s leadership,” said Fatema Al Neaimi, Manager, Gas Strategy and Master Planning Unit at the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and a speaker at the ADIPEC 2016 ‘Women in Energy’ conference.

“However, we still have a long way to go as there are many challenges that need to be addressed, and these challenges are not just specific to this country or the region, but are global obstacles that the industry is facing every day. They are also both physical and socio-psychological in nature – from creating supportive corporate infrastructures, to inspiring women to be a part of the industry’s future developments.”

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