Women ‘can make electricity more accessible’

A greater number people in Africa would have access to electricity if more women worked in the energy sector. That’s according to Lungi Tyali, Director of Operations at Solar Turtle who believes women […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria
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A greater number people in Africa would have access to electricity if more women worked in the energy sector.

That’s according to Lungi Tyali, Director of Operations at Solar Turtle who believes women make electricity a “social issue” more compared to men.

Speaking to ELN at the Africa Energy Forum in London she said: “Men are more technical when they look at issues and I think that electricity has become a social issue and that electricity has become a need, it’s an equaliser. Without electricity we can’t move on as business people so I think with more women in the sector they will make it more of a social issue and make it accessible to everybody.

“I think women’s role right now is to fast-track and speed up the delivery of service when it comes to the electricity. They are more vocal, they are more hands on and they can push the agenda for electricity.”

Ms Tyali believes women and men are equally supported in Africa’s energy sector as people are more focused on talking about energy in general and solving the lack of electricity in the continent.

She added: “The African energy sector needs a lot of upscaling right now. We are a population or a nation or nationalities that are living without electricity. Most of Africa is still in the dark and with solar coming in as a renewable energy I believe that we can bridge the gap and fast-track giving people more lights and access to lighting and electricity.”

Ms Tyali also said African Governments need to secure financing for energy projects in the continent through their policies and by inviting international donors.