Research shows that diversity not only solves labour force demands, but leads to increased innovation, resilience, competitiveness and creativity. That’s why it’s imperative for the nuclear sector, which relies on highly skilled and specialized labour, to engage with all available talent – particularly within underrepresented groups. Women represent one such minority in the nuclear workforce today.
Since September 2020, the IGC Impact Group on Gender Equality in Nuclear Regulatory Agencies has been co-led by Rumina Velshi, President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, Heidi Hulan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to UN Agencies in Vienna, and Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The objective of the Impact Group is to expand the IGC sphere of influence and create a community of heads of nuclear regulatory agencies and organizations that are committed to address gender issues in their institutions, countries and with international partners.
The group is taking collective action to improve gender equality and diversity in the nuclear regulatory workforce, including:
- Implementing policies and initiatives to recruit and retain women in the field of nuclear energy;
- Sharing visions and experiences of gender equality in the nuclear regulatory community;
- Promoting a workplace environment that values diversity, and that identifies and remove barriers to women in nuclear scientific and operations positions;
- Promoting gender parity on panels and in delegations;
- Supporting efforts to focus on youth education in order to build the female talent pipeline
A group of countries and organizations
A word from the co-chairs:
“It rests on us – as leaders, as decision makers – to do everything in our power to encourage women to pursue a career in the nuclear sector. And to ensure that overt and unconscious barriers to their success are removed once and for all. The Impact Group will be instrumental as a means to help the international nuclear regulatory community embrace diversity and inclusion as inherent and indispensable values.” – CNSC President and CEO Rumina Velshi
“Impact Groups can identify gender ‘blind spots’ or opportunities and this group has enormous potential to bring change to regulatory agencies and the role of women in nuclear more broadly. This is an excellent example of how policy can translate into real world change.” – Canadian Ambassador Heidi Hulan
"Gender equality and the empowerment of women lie at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals and they are vital to fully realizing the rights and potential of everyone.” – IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi
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Poland (to acknowledge charter)
United Arab Emirates (to acknowledge charter)
United States of America