09/26/2020
Women leaders and IAEA start to work

Global women leaders to join forces with the IAEA

Women leaders and IAEA start to work

The discussion "Gender balance and inclusiveness in the nuclear industry as a key to achieving the sustainable development goals" was held as part of the business program of the 64th session of the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General conference on September 24, 2020 and was organized by Rosatom State Corporation and The Women of the Nuclear Industry Association.

The discussion was attended by the CEO of the World Nuclear Association (WNA) Agneta Rising, the Deputy General Director and the Head of the IAEA Management Department Mary Alice Hayward, the Deputy General Director and the Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy Mikhail Chudakov, the Deputy General Director, President of Women in Nuclear Global Gabriela Voight, the President of the International Youth Nuclear Congress Lena Andriolo, the HR Director of Rosatom State Corporation Tatyana Terentyeva, the Co-founder of the Women in the Nuclear Industry Foundation and Project Coordinator of the Eurasian Women's Forum under the Federation Council of Russia Angelica Khaperskaya, the Representative of the Eurasian Women's Forum under the Federation Council of Russia and Ambassador of the UN on Industrial Development UNIDO Veronika Peshkova and many others. More than one hundred and fifty people from 23 countries of the world joined the event.

The discussion focused on the main trends in the global nuclear industry for the development of gender balance and inclusiveness, which can be applied in other industries. The CEO of WNA Agneta Rizing said:

The transition to a sustainable future is impossible without a diversified workforce and the involvement of women. However, the gender balance in the energy sector remains one of the most uneven, and the nuclear industry is no exception. Currently, less than a quarter of the world's nuclear workforce is women. There are still too few young girls choosing science subjects, and there is still a so-called “glass ceiling” that makes it difficult for women to access leadership positions.

According to the Representative of the Eurasian Women's Forum under the Federation Council of Russia and Ambassador of the UN on Industrial Development UNIDO Veronica Peshkova, the share of women in the global level of participation in the labor force is still 26.5% less than the share of men. She added:

Involving women in economic activity on an equal basis with men will add $28 trillion to the world's gross domestic product by 2025.

The HR Director of Rosatom State Corporation Tatyana Terentyeva emphasized:v

Achieving ambitious business goals is possible only with the active development, training and career enhancement of all our specialists. Our “human-centered” strategy means unlocking the potential of every person, wherever he or she is and works. The key to high-quality corporate growth is people with a variety of talents and capabilities.

Thanks to the entire ecosystem of talent support, women in Rosatom already hold about a third of leadership positions. Part of this ecosystem (also part of the Eurasian Women's Forum under the Russian Federation Council) is the Women of the Nuclear Industry Association. Its task is to involve young people in technical specialties and science, mentoring, and the development of professional and managerial competencies of women – there are 86 thousand of them in Rosatom. The successful practices presented by the participants will be used in IAEA projects and can form the basis of the IAEA's TECDOC document, which contains recommendations for the development of inclusive human resource development strategies in 171 IAEA member countries.