The NEA has formed a WiN OECD NEA Chapter to help advance the contributions of women in the international nuclear sector.
This newly formed Chapter will work to establish and maintain a network for women working at the Nuclear Energy Agency, in addition to other OECD-based organisations, enabling them to exchange knowledge and experience towards advancing their role in the nuclear field.
WiN Global was established in 1992 by women working in a variety of nuclear-sector fields, and today WiN Global has around 35,000 members across 129 countries. The NEA has built a strong partnership with the Women in Nuclear Global network, regularly co-organising mentoring workshops for female students in addition to having recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to with the organisation to continue to support and encourage gender balance in the nuclear sector.
NEA Director-General Magood (left), NEA WiN Chapter President Morgan Packer and Gender Balance Task-Group Secretariat Florence Maher during the inaugural NEA WiN Chapter meeting.
President of the NEA WiN Chapter Morgan Packer shared her honour in being elected in this new role:
“I am very grateful that the NEA WiN Chapter has put their trust in me. I hope this serves as a larger reflection for the greater nuclear community to provide more opportunities to younger women in the sector and contribute to their empowerment,” said Ms Packer, a Junior Specialist in Radioactive Waste & Decommissioning Management at the NEA.
Ms Packer shared the objectives of the Chapter and what she hopes to achieve in her role:
“We aim to establish and maintain a network for women working at the OECD NEA and other OECD-based organisations, enabling them to exchange knowledge and experience towards advancing their role in the field. Some of our objectives include providing opportunities for career development, education, mentoring, and community outreach.”
“Given the NEA’s role at the forefront of facilitating nuclear energy co-operation, the formation of a WiN NEA chapter helps contribute to this goal of improving gender balance in the nuclear sector.”