Women belong in the energy sector.
This was the message of the Department of Energy in its 3rd ENEReady Program with the Girl Scouts of the Philippines.
The “Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Energy Workforce” aimed to encourage the girl scouts to consider a career in the energy sector, which is generally associated with men.
It was held on July 11 at the Energy Center in Bonifacio Global City with 38 grade 10 GSP students from the J. Nolasco, Lakan Dula, V. Mapa, and M. Araullo High Schools, as well as troupe leaders and officers from the GSP Headquarters.
Event discussions revolved around the concept of “gender stereotyping,” and how often it is unconsciously ingrained by elders into the minds of young children.
The program also included various activities such as a role-playing game called “The Sushi Challenge,” which was simulated by a female topnotcher and electrical engineer from the Manila Electric Company (Meralco).
Male and female speakers from different disciplines of engineering also shared the experiences and challenges they encountered.
The workshop also featured success stories of Filipino women in these fields in order to serve as an inspiration for the participants to pursue courses in science, technology, math, and engineering.
The culminating activity was a tour of the DOE’s Lightning and Appliance Testing Laboratory, where children watched how energy efficiency is measured by a DOE personnel.
The workshop is the 13th ENEReady program held since its launch in 2016 and has reached out to more than 2,000 students to date.