Our vision is that
Women and men have equal and equitable access to and control over sustainable energy services as an essential human right to development.
ENERGIA was founded in 1996 by a group of women involved in gender and energy work in developing countries. To date, ENERGIA Networks have been established in 22 African and Asian countries.
We believe that projects, programs and policies that explicitly address gender and energy issues have better outcomes and improve the livelihood of entire communities. By involving women in the development, delivery and use of modern energy, sustainability and adoption rates of these services are enhanced.
In order to provide continued support and have gender be part of the developmental process, ENERGIA also creates unique training modules and tools for the energy sector. This way, we connect local initiatives in a global context, creating an environment where groups can learn from each other and inspire across communities.
We work towards achieving our goal the following principles in mind:
- Empowerment and equality
- Inclusiveness and equality in partnership
- Respect for diversity, flexibility and unity
- Contextualization of interventions
- Innovation in thinking
- Balanced approach to themes and activities
ENERGIA is currently involved in several ongoing projects. Most prominent are the following initiatives:
Our Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme, in line with our commitment to the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll), focuses on empowering women in the overall value chain through energy use, from energy generation to its end uses.
Our Gender and Energy Advocacy Programme advocates at the international and national level for inclusion of gender in SE4All action plans and in investment prospectuses
Our Gender and Energy Research Programme is a collaboration with DFID to advance knowledge and awareness regarding the impact of energy access—or the lack thereof— on women and girls.
Our Gender Mainstreaming work includes working with a wide variety of (governmental) organisations on gender assessments, strategy and action plan development.