International Women’s Day: ENGIE and SUEZ welcome Omani female students

oman girl studentTo mark International Women’s Day, ENGIE and SUEZ have jointly invited 30 Omani female students from Sultan Qaboos University and Caledonian College of Engineering to visit facilities they operate and to meet women engineers

The young students were able to visit Barka municipal waste engineered landfill operated by SUEZ, as well as Barka 4, the Sultanate’s largest water desalination plant, owned by a consortium that includes, among others, ENGIE and SUEZ.

The visits were organised as part of the 4th edition of the ‘Girls on the Move’ Week, which aims to expose young women to the diversity of professional opportunities in technical industries. Encouraging young ladies to enter these fields is the ambition of the French association ‘Elles Bougent’, of which both ENGIE and SUEZ are members.

During the site visits, the students had the opportunity to discover and understand how the SUEZ and ENGIE’s teams operate the installations. They also had an opportunity to meet and network with female engineers working on the site, to discuss their role at the plants and their career paths.

“ENGIE has been actively promoting gender diversity and women empowerment, with ambitious targets, including that 50 per cent of the ENGIE managers will have to be women by 2030. When I see all this positive energy, enthusiasm and commitment of all these girl students who have chosen engineering and science to build their future, I am confident that girls will be part of this changing world,” commented Florence Fontani, executive vice-president, communications and ESR at ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey.

“Today, women represent 18 per cent of our executive employees in the Middle East and we are pursuing our action plan to increase the number of women in our teams.

The integration of the local population is also an integral part of our Human Resource policy for the region. Today in Oman, for example, we have more than 48 per cent Omanis in our workforce and we are progressively working on increasing this number,” commented Lemjed Bouzekri, human resources director for SUEZ Middle East and Central Asia.

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