CIGRE Women in Engineering (WiE) Forum
The need for a women engineer forum came from the low number of women participants at CIGRE, which is currently at 8%. The forum was then formed to address major challenges hindering women growth at CIGRE.
CIGRE Women in Engineering (WiE) forum defined the following as its vision, mission and expectations;
CIGRE WIE creates a forum for women engineers to interact, develop their careers, increase their self-confidence, improve their professional skills, and accomplish their dreams
CIGRE WIE inspires, motivates women engineers by helping to provide links to global thought leaders and role models, as well as to demonstrate the influence and functions of female professional communities
- To identify winning strategies that drive career success for women in the power & energy industry
- To understand the knowledge, skills and experience you need to reach your goals
- To design action plans to grow women’s professional career
Since CIGRE work is fulfilled through national committees, it is then encouraged that each national committee establishes a women in engineering forum to fulfil the above mandate. The national committee WiE forums are encouraged to organise sessions on mentorship, coaching, role modelling, while being conscious about inclusion of women engineers at all levels.
To date, the following national committees have been recorded to have a WiE forum, with active women empowerment sessions.
|National Committee||Name of WiE chair|
|Brazil||Carla DAMASCENO PEIXOTO|
|Kosovo||Pranvera DOBRUNA KRYEZIU|
|New Zealand||Rebecca MARX|
|South Africa||Khayakazi DIOKA|
|United Kingdom||Biljana STOJKOVSKA|
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Women in CIGRE Australia
The Women in CIGRE Australia (WiCA) group was launched in 2020, to help address the lack of gender diversity in CIGRE Australia. The group is part of the larger global CIGRE Women in Engineering (WiE) forum. The name ‘Women in CIGRE’ was chosen to reflect the diversity of expertise within the CIGRE Australia organisation.
The Women in CIGRE Network Australia is a group of CIGRE and NGN members, working together to empower both current and future female members to build fulfilling careers in the energy industry and in CIGRE.
Australian power systems are undergoing unprecedented changes, so it is clear that there is no better time to promote diversity in the engineering industry in order to address the many associated technical challenges.
WiCA’s vision and mission statements are defined below:
Women in CIGRE Australia (WICA) is the leading platform for promoting inclusion in the power industry. We form the future of CIGRE, which accurately reflects the diversity of the society it serves and empowers the next generation to change the world.
Women in CIGRE Australia supports women and other minorities by providing links to global thought leaders and role models, as well as demonstrating the influence of female and other diverse professionals.
To find out more about the WiC Australia Network, see the WiC pages here.
How to Join the Women in CIGRE Australia Group
You can join the Women in CIGRE Australia group by joining the NGN using the instructions given here. Note that the WiCA group is open to engineers of all ages and at all stages in their careers.