Off- and weak-grid appropriate lighting solutions, appliances, and productive use equipment allow communities to leverage energy services for income-generation. Unfortunately, gendered institutional structures and social norms often prevent the equal distribution of the benefits of energy access between men and women. Women are less likely to work in the formal economy, and when they are, they do so in enterprises with lower energy demands. This imbalance may restrict opportunities for women and hinder development efforts in the long run.
This webinar, hosted by the Efficiency for Access Coalition as part of our #AppliancesEmpower campaign, will explore the ways in which a gender-positive approach to energy access can help deliver multiple benefits for women and their communities. In particular, we will discuss the role of sustainable energy, off-grid appropriate appliances, and productive uses can play in women’s social and economic empowerment and the importance of taking a gender-positive approach to energy access.
Susie Wheeldon, GOGLA
Stephanie Finigan, Value for Women
Dr. Joy Clancy, Energia
This webinar will be moderated by Makena Ireri of Efficiency for Access.
The panelists will deliver short presentations on their research and programmatic work. A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow.