The issue of gender has accelerated in the Republic of Congo Brazzaville with the adoption of the National Gender Policy in 2009. The commitment to gender concretized in 2010, when the Ministry for the Promotion and Integration of Women in Development, supported by NGOs working in this field, submitted a draft law to the parliament on the representation of women in elective and administrative bodies. Aware of the multifaceted benefits arising from such an initiative Congolese parliamentarians have made adopted the law that same year.
Therefore in Congo, gender issues are a part of all levels of social organization in the country. Gender is important because Congo’s development will not effective without the involvement of women at all levels of society.
But what about the place and role of women within the national oil company (SNPC)?
Since its inception, SNPC has always given prominence to women in positions of responsibility, because equality is a fundamental right of every human being. Complying with international conventions ratified by the Congo on the right of women, women at the SNPC are represented in areas of administrative decision-making and in expert positions related to the oil business and in related trades.
In 2003, SNPC had three 3 female directors in areas such as management, treasury and audit. This trend is expected to increase, due to a training policy implemented by the Directorate-General, which ensures the realization of the concept of equal opportunity for all. It goes without saying that this policy supports the SNPC and Congolese government’s efforts to promote equality between men and women and encourage women to play a leading role at all levels of the company.
For example, in 2013, women represented 36.7% of SNPC’s 259 staff members. Women represented 24.5% of SNPC’s middle-managers. Women represented 62.8% of supervisors, with a much higher percentage than the men who are at 37.2%. Women also represented 25.9% of all professionals across all implementing agencies.