ECOW-GEN has launched a new online interactive network for professionals working on gender and energy. The ECOWAS Network on Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access will provide these professionals with the opportunity to participate in ECOW-GEN activities.
ECOW-GEN is a flagship programme launched by ECREEE to promote socially inclusive energy development in West Africa. It serves as the catalyst for energy solutions meeting the needs of both men and women in African countries.
A founding principle behind ECOW-GEN is the recognition of the underutilised potential of women as producers and suppliers of energy services. Secondly, ECOW-GEN acknowledges that universal energy access will not be achieved unless both women and men drive forward energy development.
ECOW-GEN strategies therefore aim to close the gender gap in the energy sector. It places women at the centre stage of energy development while also empowering young people, boys and girls to contribute to West Africa’s energy expansion.
The programme’s activities will be implemented closely with member state energy and other relevant ministries, departments and agencies, NGOs, universities and research institutions, women’s associations, youth organisations and development partners.