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Skopje Hosts International Conference Women in Energy

Energy | June 5, 2017, Monday @ 15:42| 106 views

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­ To raise awareness about the importance of gender balance in the energy sector and to identify adequate strategies and programs that will help in sharing knowledge and experience with leaders, employees and professionals in energy is the goal of Monday's international conference "Women in Energy", organized in Skopje by the Organization of Engineers' Associations of Macedonia and EVN Macedonia.

It is expected the conference ­ the first of its kind in the region that brings together 140 participants from all over the world ­ to contribute to sharing knowledge and cooperation in building ties and establishing professional networks.

"As a female engineer, university professor and member of professional organizations I have never felt discriminated, however women, unlike men, have a more multifaceted life course, making its more difficult for women to get to their professional goal," professor Hristina Spasevska said opening the conference.

Non-discrimination and equal treatment of men and women is not an option, it is something that must be implemented in all business sectors, according to Stefan Peter.

"We are supporting an environment that empowers men and women. We are promoting equal opportunities in our organization and we encourage all of our employees, both men and women, to do their best in order to reach their potential," stated the chairman of the EVN Macedonia Management Board.

Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm of the US Embassy to Macedonia said women were under-represented in the labor market in many societies.

"Within the energy sector, gender inequality is even more pronounced... Increasing the number of women in energy is an excellent opportunity to improve the versatility of the economy. Women should perceive the sector as a field in which they can fulfill their professional ambitions," said Schweitzer-Bluhm adding 13.5 percent of engineers in Macedonia were women.

Attending the opening of the event, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said women should be motivated more to participate overall in the society, including in energy. 

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