–to help develop all-inclusive local workforce to meet growing demands of emerging energy sector
Women in Oil and Gas Guyana (WIOGGY) has continued with its aims of developing the skills of women in the industry with the launch of its DevelopHER Project where it will be not only suspending ALL membership fees until May 31, 2021, but continue its excellent work, using relevant digital platforms.
The ‘DevelopHER’ Project, under the theme, ‘First Oil, First Step, focusing on Women: New beginnings, inclusion a must’, comes as an alternative for the June 2020 Women in Oil and Gas Summit, which had been organised prior to the rapid spread here of COVID-19.
According to WIOGGY Director, Marissa Lowden in a recent release, “The idea is to engage women and girls in Guyana’s new oil and gas economy. “We intend to discuss a range of opportunities for women and girls, and implement capacity building initiatives.” She explained that a series of virtual events will be organised, and relevant topics will be discussed featuring experts within the oil and gas and other related industries.
The first virtual event slated for the month of August under the DevelopHER theme will focus on inspiring women and girls to enter the field of Oil & Gas and Energy. One of WIOGGY’s objectives is to ensure that women are not left behind, and that Guyana becomes made a recognised international model for achieving gender diversity in the oil and gas industry.
The organisation sees men, who are already at the forefront of the oil and gas business, as partners, and rely on their guidance, expertise, and experience to help women and girls manoeuver and make headway within the oil and gas industry.
WIOGGY intends to keep up the momentum throughout the rest of the year, and hopes that COVID-19 is contained soon, so that it can facilitate more face-to-face interaction types of initiatives. In the meantime, the organisation is finding new ways to continue its work, and is urging other women to follow its Facebook and Linkedin pages for frequent updates on its activities, and oil and gas news.