Women were previously banned from working in the oil and gas and maritime industries in Lebanon. Now there are new laws and opportunities and a professor is leading the way to bridge the gender gap.
At Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU), Lebanon’s preeminent non-profit Catholic institution of higher education and the sole Catholic Lebanese university that adopts the American model of liberal arts education, Professor Eugene Sensenig, Ph.D is passionate about empowering his students for equality. Through lessons and interactive webinars, Professor Sensenig has introduced his students to the possibilities of working in extraction industries, including offshore oil and gas.
Recently, he shared the story of Rosie the Driller on Women Offshore to his students. Many of the female students were intrigued by Rosie as a role model, especially since the antiquated Lebanese Code of Labor banned women from the sector until recently. In 2018, the Petroleum Transparency Act changed women’s opportunity in Lebanon, guaranteeing equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace.
Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from Professor Sensenig. He believes in promoting STEM in schools and universities to prepare girls and young women for future openings later in the decade.
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