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A modern utility, a diverse workforce: lessons from gender assessments in three utilities of the Danube region

Around the globe, an increasing number of private and public companies are realizing that promoting gender equality in the workplace is good for business and development. In the Danube region, utilities often face a predominantly male and sometimes aging workforce. However, gender gaps in tertiary education including in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are closing. For the water sector, creating an environment with equal opportunities for men and at all levels of responsibility and an inclusive work culture should thus be an integral part of every utility’s modernization process. Over the course of 2018, the Danube Water Program and the World Bank Global Water Security and Sanitation Partnership collaborated with three pioneering utilities in the Danube region to take a closer look at gender equality in their workplace. Brasov Regional Water Utility in Romania, the Prishtina Regional Water Utility in Kosovo and the Tirana Water Utility in Albania undertook gender assessment, using the methodology of the EDGE Certified Foundation. In Brasov and Tirana the analysis also looked at the age profile of utility staff. The assessment focused on various areas, including i) a gender balance at all levels of the organization; ii) a solid framework of policies and practices to ensure equitable career flows for both women and men and iii) an inclusive culture as reflected in employees’ high ratings in terms of career development opportunities, and iv) for Brasov utility, an assessment of equal pay for equal work. The objective of the webinar is to increase knowledge and awareness and inform a dialogue on how to understand and narrow gender gaps in water utilities through inclusive human resource management practices. In this webinar, senior utility representatives will share the methodology, results and recommendations of the assessment and their reflections on actions that utilities could take to enhance gender equality on the utility floors.

About the Presenters

Evis Gjebrea

Ms. Evis Gjebrea is currently holding the position of Deputy General Director at the Tirana Water & Wastewater Utility. Before joining the Water Utility, she worked at the Municipality of Tirana and was Member of the Supervisory Board of the Tirana Water Utility. Ms. Gjebrea has been full time Lecturer for 8 years at the European University of Tirana and now is teaching part time at same University as well as New York University of Tirana. She has a previous broad experience working with the Ministry of Finance at the Foreign Debt Department for 8 years and World Bank as a consultant in Washington D.C and Tirana.Through the years Ms. Gjebrea has shown great professional knowledge of the region being involved with projects implemented in Albania, Kosovo and Montenegro. In 2007, She was enrolled in a one-year Advanced Studies Program for Visiting Scholars at the George Washington University in Washington D.C through a scholarship funded by USAID and administered by Georgetown University East Central European Scholarship Program. Her research interest was focused on Public Administration and Policy.

Teodor Popa

Mr. Teodor Popa is Financial Manager at the Brasov Water Company in Romania since 2001,President of the Romanian Water Association (RWA) Specialist Group on Economics, Vice-president of the International Water Association (IWA) Specialist Group on Statistics and Economics and IWA Fellow since 2016. Mr. Popa has been involved since 1995 in projects financed by EU and other international donors, has participated in the Romanian water sector reform: the company regionalization and restructuring process: institutional transformation, tariff strategy and concession contact implementation. In addition, he is author of various papers presented across the globe and expert for European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and World Bank international projects .

Anita Hajredini

Anita Hajredini is coordinator of the CEO’s office at the Regional Water Company Prishtina since 2008. In addition, she has been involved in different Projects of RWC Prishtina, including as Program Manager for the Annual Balkans Joint Conference of Water utilities of Kosovo and Albania in 2013. She has lead the implementation of the Gender Assessment in the Regional Water Company Prishtina in collaboration with the World Bank. Ms. Hajredini is a graduate from the English Faculty at the University of Prishtina, and currently pursuing a Masters.

Philip Weller

Since July 2013, Mr. Philip Weller served as the Danube Water Program Coordinator for the He holds responsibility for administering and managing a joint project together with the World Bank aimed at improving and supporting the efficiency of Danube region water supply and waste water companies. Mr. Weller previously served for ten years as the Executive Secretary of the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Mr. Weller also worked for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) as Danube Carpathian Program Director and has also managed successful consulting businesses in both Canada and Austria. Philip Weller is an environmental planner by training.

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que bien


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Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.


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gender balance is a really important issue.

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A modern utility, a diverse workforce: lessons from gender assessments in three utilities of the Danube region


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