Empowering Women: Pathways for Up-Scaling Women-Centric Approaches to Energy Access

Thursday, May 3rd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Belém

HOST: ENERGIA, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Solar Sister, Value for Women, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

As the primary managers of energy, women offer tremendous potential in extending sustainable energy access, including at the last mile. Over the last few years, several organizations have started working in this area. However, for a significant scale up of gender-responsive approaches in the energy sector, all elements of energy planning, policy-making and financing need to factor in gender dimensions and advance women’s leadership. Women need to be involved and empowered from start to finish in the design and delivery of modern energy access technologies and services. Within the energy industry, barriers to women’s engagement as executives, entrepreneurs and employees must be brought down. Investment in skills and leadership development need to increase and women’s representation on energy sector institutions needs to grow.

This working session makes the business case for women-centric and gender-informed business models in the energy sector. The participatory session will share experiences, data and new resources around working with women in energy access initiatives. It will engage practitioners, INGOs, investors- focused on the nexus of SME, energy and gender - government ministries, women’s associations/networks, other energy access practitioners, to identify concrete pathways for enhancing women’s participation in increasing energy access.

Fiona D. Wollensack Policy Advisor, Secretariat Africa-EU Energy Partnership
Soma Dutta Senior Technical Advisor ENERGIA
Stephanie Finigan Manager of Operations Value for Women
Chebet Lesan Founder and Chief Executive Officer BrightGreen
Katherine Lucey Chief Executive Officer and Founder Solar Sister
Rachel Mahmud Program Manager for Gender Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves