Women against coronavirus. This year’s International Women’s day (March 8th) was celebrated under a very cloudy sky, all over the world. Some countries, like China or Italy, were struggling against the outbreak of Covid-19, while some other were starting to realize the real impact of an epidemic that would have soon become a pandemic.
Within Shanghai Electric, China’s leading manufacturer and supplier of power generation and industrial equipment, 19.9 percent of the positions are held by women, which is more than the global female participation rate in the industry, rated at 12 percent as for ‘The Future of Women at Work’ report by consultancy firm McKinsey. The company collected some interesting voices from female employees working on a power generation project in Dubai to show their resiliency and contribution in such a hard time for the entire world. Here are some of these messages.
The voices of women against coronavirus working in Dubai
«Shanghai Electric recently launched a commendable contribution campaign to help those in need at China. We as a project team has been stronger than ever before, fighting the unfortunate turn of events with all necessary control measures in place. Alone, we can do so little but together we can do so much», said Amreena, the HSE engineer in the 700 MW CSP + 250 MW PV Hybrid Project in Dubai.
«I choose to stay despite the fear», said Guo Liming, engineer of Dubai project, also one of the female workers remain on site in Dubai project. «Our team has been working to turn the desert into oasis and I am proud to be part of it».
There are 24 female workers in the Dubai project and almost half of them remain working on-site during the epidemic outbreak.
The ‘desert roses’
«People are the main force for resuming to normal work. There are 70 Chinese workers who remain working on-site amid the virus outbreak and 10 of them are female. I am particularly grateful to the female workers as they are the well-deserved ‘desert roses’ who entirely act out the spirit of #EachforEqual» said Zhao Hui, the manager of Dubai project.
As the world’s most comprehensive single-site CSP project, the 700 MW CSP + 250 MW PV Hybrid Project in Dubai’s core building solar collector tower that has just completed topping-out in January 2020, the power plant has been speeding up its construction to meet the commercial operation deadline in August 2021. The project has recruited an additional 903 local employees in construction and management positions in response to a reduction of on-site staff and the company has launched a videoconferencing and telecommunications solution to streamline communications between the local branch and the Design Institute.