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April 2019

SEforAll – Energy and Gender Implications

In honour of International Women’s Month, SEforAll interviewed a number of People-Centered Accelerator partners about their work to address gender implications in the energy sector. The People-Centered Accelerator is a “voluntary partnership of stakeholders interested in advancing gender equality, social inclusion, and women’s empowerment in the sustainable energy sector” (SEforAll website). In many cases, energy policies fail to appropriately address gender issues, despite the critical role that women play in the energy value chain. One such partner, namely Practical Action, an international NGO working in energy access, has come up with a wide spectrum of clean cooking and electricity initiatives supporting the empowerment of female energy entrepreneurs.

During the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (11 – 22 March 2019), the People-Centered Accelerator organized a roundtable to discuss the new research on energy safety nets: social assistance programs that support “access to, and the use of, modern energy services” (SEforAll website). Such safety net programs can include in-kind transfers targeting poor and/or vulnerable households. To read in more detail about the research on energy nets, including a review of energy provisions in the social protection sector, please click here.

For more information on the interdependencies between SDG 5 (gender equality) and SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), please check out the GFSE Policy Brief on this very topic.

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