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Gender Sensitization in Renewable Energy Training for Vava’u’s line workers

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29th June, 2018 The Outer Island Renewable Energy Project (OIREP) of the Energy Department under the Ministry of MEIDECC conducted its first Gender Sensitization Training in Renewable Energy at Tonga Power Limited’s Conference Room, Neiafu Vava’u on the 22nd of June 2018.

The training specifically targeted the new recruit line workers of Tonga Power Limited (TPL), who is the implementation agency of OIREP’s Phase 3. The phase 3 aims to rehabilitate 60% of the existing network of Vava’u and 100% of the existing network of ‘Eua.

The major sponsor (DFAT) for this implementation joined to observe the training.

Mrs. Jeannette Tu’i’onetoa said that the linewomen have inspired people in the islands that women can go beyond what is expected of them as a woman. Her experience as an ex US military made her understand how hard it is to work in a male dominant working area. She urged them to keep believe in their technical capabilities as equality will open doors.

Miss ‘Oto’ota Hausia, a linewoman trainee said “Bringing in Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Balance into working areas will better improve the whole Energy Sector, as both men and women will cooperate and share responsibilities and opportunities”.

The training also reminded participants that both genders should share equal opportunities and responsibilities.

“I did not realize the need for women to involve in decision making and sharing equal opportunities in Energy sector but the training showed me that women are the ones who do the energy management at the household level. Women’s visualizations should be heard in the Energy Sector,” said Mr. Vilisoni Peleketi, TPL Lineman.

Further trainings are planned to conduct in Ha’apai Outer Islands (Nomuka, Ha’afeva, ‘Uiha and Ha’ano), Niuatoputapu and Niuafo’ou commencing in July 2018.


Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change & Communications.


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