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Brazil: video inspires young women to work in solar energy

The solar-energy industry in Brazil is booming. It employs 43,000 people, only 20% of whom are women. Just 12% of these women have technical and scientific roles. To encourage girls to enter these professions, the Brazilian Women’s Network in Solar Energy (Rede Brasileira de Mulheres na Energia Solar, or MESol) has released a video called Women of Energy.

The video (see go.nature.com/3ucs9zj) highlights women working in renewable-energy research, teaching and industry. It aims to address the perceived lack of female role models in this sector. As one teenager who watched it said: “I didn’t know so many women work in this area.”

A diverse workforce improves creativity, innovation and decision-making, and also boosts profits (see go.nature.com/39safwv and M. W. Nielsen et al. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 114, 1740–1742; 2017). Efforts to achieve gender equity require companies to make changes to management, leadership and the personal development of employees.

The video was produced with support from the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development as part of Brazil’s Professionals for the Energy of the Future initiative.

Nature 593, 37 (2021)

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