Extractive sector: Plea for a massive presence of women

Par ediallo - 31 May, 2021 - 07:42

The extractive sector in Senegal is marked by a weak presence of women. It is to reverse this trend that the African Platform for Women's Empowerment (Paaf) organized a roundtable on the theme "Oil and gas: the place of women's organizations in local content.

The opportunity was taken to call on the authorities to involve more women in this sector by helping them in training.

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This is the plea launched at the roundtable organized yesterday by the African Platform for Women's Empowerment (Paaf) on this issue. The various speakers recognized the low presence of women in the extractive sector in Senegal.

Based on the Itie report of 2019, published in 2020, Awa Marie Coll Seck stressed that "in the extractive sector, out of 7,951 people working in the 25 companies in the reconciliation area, women are 668, or 8.4% of the total workforce.

Worse, they represent only "5% of senior managers in large companies in the mining, oil and gas sector".

According to the President of the National Committee of the Itie, "there is a lot of work to be done". "It is clear that this is a sector dominated by men, but women have their place," she said.

For Ms. Seck, "there must be at least a balance, an equity". Showing the resources generated by this sector, the President of the National Committee Itie informs that in the 2019 report, "companies have declared a global amount paid to suppliers estimated at 891 billion, more than what is paid to the state.

This makes him say "there are a lot of means and resources, but they must return to the nationals, and that we do not forget the women.

What about the law on local content? Awa Marie Coll Seck believes that it is an "opportunity not to be missed".

Addressing the women, she declared: "It is up to us to appropriate it and to ask that everything the State does, that the local communities do, be at the service of women. This law will allow us to put important financial resources on the table."

For women to benefit from the exploitation of gas and oil, and the mechanisms put in place, Awa Marie Coll proposed tracks.

"The impetus of women in the supply chain and in local extractive sector policies and projects is a requirement.

Information on local content must be shared transparently, women's capacities strengthened and vocations aroused wherever necessary, funding granted for women's empowerment and local development support funds properly implemented so that all opportunities offered by the law on local content can be seized," she said.

Taking part in this meeting, the Director of Cabinet of the Minister of Oil and Energy maintains that the government is aware that "women are underrepresented in the extractive sector.

Thus, Issa Dione promises that his department will work with stakeholders to meet the challenge "so that they can participate actively.

This, he said, "will allow them to benefit from the opportunities of the value chain and increase the market share of local content.

The president of the Paaf stressed the need "to include a female dose in the entire ecosystem of hydrocarbons.

"This sector whose exploitation is a major turning point in our economy calls for its development a full involvement of women, "she pleaded.

On this basis, Maïmouna Diagne invites the State to open the doors of specialties, so far considered male, to women.

According to Ms. Diagne, "international experience has sufficiently shown that women's work is a source of inclusion, stability, social balance, productivity of work and sustainability in the construction of wealth.

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