KENYA: Women working as refrigeration and air conditioning experts/technicians in Kenya recently attended a one-day refresher on the safe use of hydrocarbon refrigerants.
Eleven women attended the one-day refresher course last week at the Nairobi Technical Training Institute, Kenya. It served to better understand the motivation, challenges, and opportunities for women working in the sector and to encourage them to pursue careers in this area.
The day was organised by GIZ Proklima, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), in collaboration with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Kenya. GIZ Proklima has been conducting various training courses for RAC technicians on the safe use of hydrocarbons and other “natural” refrigerants throughout the country.
Some of the challenges that became obvious were discrimination, tough working conditions (especially high heights on buildings), difficulties during pregnancy, and sexual harassment among others. Capacity building and awareness raising were among the top recommendations to tackle these challenges.