The ECOWAS Programme on Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (or simply the ECOWAS Gender and Energy Program or, even simpler, ECOW-GEN) is a need-based, demand driven program that was established in 2013 to optimize the effectiveness of energy interventions in the West African region.
ECOW-GEN is not just “another rights movement”, but it is a developmental necessity that ensures that resources, which are increasingly scarce, are used to create visible impacts relating to energy access and sustainable socio-economic development in a region that , undeniably, inarguably, demands this.
Just a few things you should know:
- ECOW-GEN aligns with the principles and strategic actions of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action by developing for and implementing with West African women programmes that foster their empowerment and advancement.
- ECOW-GEN’s objectives are imbedded into the strategic actions of the ECOWAS Gender Policy which emphasized the “need to develop policies and programmes to provide alternative energy sources, from traditional biomass, which would contribute to women’s health and also alleviate their time burden”.
- ECOW-GEN works to ensure the achievement of the SE4ALL goals in West Africa and the ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency policies by ensuring that women, who make up 50% of the region’s population and 43% of the ECOWAS labour force, as well as men, make both intellectual and business-wise contributions to ending the region’s energy crises and benefit from the region’s energy interventions.
- Through investments, capacity building, advocacy and awareness raising, ECOW-GEN’s initiatives addresses climate change and energy poverty issues by closing the energy demand and supply gap through the increased use of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.
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