Women in nuclear fight for industry gender balance

Women from across the nuclear industry met at a global event to fight for gender balance in the sector this week. They took part in the 23rd Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Annual Conference […]

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Women from across the nuclear industry met at a global event to fight for gender balance in the sector this week.

They took part in the 23rd Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Annual Conference in Austria.

Women in Nuclear aims to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues.

Participants, which included scientists, engineers, safeguards inspectors, managers and lawyers, argued too little has happened in terms of gender equality in the nuclear field.

Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which organised the event, said: “It is very important women should be well-represented in the nuclear field.

“The IAEA is committed to increasing the representation of women at all levels within the Agency and especially in senior positions.”

Speakers included IAEA and national governments and regulatory bodies.

They discussed topics such as nuclear technology, environment and climate change and safeguards.

Earlier this year DECC said more women are needed in the nuclear sector.

Last year a report found nearly half (45%) of women in the sector believe they don’t get the same recognition as their male colleagues.