Mainstreaming Gender in Energy Projects
This technical brief is based on ‘Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Projects: A Practical Handbook’, which was prepared by ENERGIA, and which provides guidance and practical tools to assist energy projects in undertaking gender mainstreaming systematically. It draws on experiences from energy projects in Asia and Africa to “demystify” gender mainstreaming in the energy sector, both for energy project practitioners and for gender experts.
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Gender Mainstreaming In Rural Electrification Programmes
This technical brief provides guidance on possible gender issues and entry points in rural electrification projects as well as actions that can help ensure equitable access to the benefits of rural electrification for women and men. It is based on ENERGIA’s experiences with assisting rural electrification agencies in Botswana, Senegal, Kenya and Uganda.
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Gender Mainstreaming in Biogas Programmes
This technical brief provides guidance to development practitioners on how to integrate gender concerns within biogas programmes. It highlights opportunities that exist for the inclusion of women in such programmes, given the socio-cultural and economic disadvantages that women in developing countries face.
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Institutionalising Gender Mainstreaming Processes in Energy Organisations
This technical brief provides guidance to energy organisations interested in adopting such frameworks. It sets out processes and steps for an organization to follow when incorporating gender concerns into its projects, procedures, work ethic and overall structure.
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Gender, Energy Technology and Climate Change
This factsheet, jointly produced by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and ENERGIA – the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, highlights some of the key gender and energy technology issues related to climate change. The emphasis is on the needs of women in developing countries – many of whom are already dealing with poverty and lack of opportunities and are now faced with growing risks of climate-related flooding, droughts, ecosystem degradation and natural disasters – and the possibilities for engaging women as innovative energy entrepreneurs.
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Building a Framework for Gender-responsive Energy Projects and Policies
Since 1996, ENERGIA has already been providing guidance to governments, institutions and projects on gender mainstreaming in the energy sector, including promoting women’s energy-related entrepreneurship. This work is critical for the success of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All initiative. ENERGIA’s approach integrates an emphasis on social inclusion and gender equality with a very practical focus on delivery of energy services – an area that has been traditionally male dominated and gender-blind.
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Fact Sheet on Energy, Gender and Sustainable Development
A concise fact sheet, explaining the linkages between gender, energy and sustainable development. The fact sheet was developed as an advocacy tool, in collaboration with UNDP.
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Improving women’s health by reducing indoor air pollution
Smoke from indoor fires exposes families to harmful levels of gases, particles, and dangerous compounds. Indoor air pollution is responsible for more than 1.6 million deaths per year due to pneumonia, chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer. The majority of victims of exposure to indoor air pollution are women and children. This concise fact sheet shows the energy-related options for reducing the exposure levels.
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Economic empowerment of women through small business enterprises
This fact sheet focuses on women’s roles as agents of economic development. This role mostly remains invisible in national economic statistics and women face many obstacles when pursuing this role, such as cultural restrictions, household burdens and child-rearing responsibilities. Despite these obstacles, many women are involved in income-generating activities. It shows that having access to energy services helps women to empower economically.
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Relieving women’s household burdens
In developing countries much of women’s time is taken up with growing and processing food for their families without the benefit of any mechanical or motorised equipment. The time and effort spent by women and girls on routine tasks could be reduced significantly with adequate access to energy services. This would dramatically improve women’s lives.
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Incorporating women’s concerns into energy policies
Energy planning that is intended to be implemented in a gender-neutral way can miss important issues and be inadvertently discriminatory against women. This concise fact sheet shows ways for governments to promote gender-sensitive energy policies and lists a number of energy policy solutions.
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