The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), through its Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) and Department of Social Affairs and Gender is organizing a regional Gender and Energy workshop to validate its Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access.
The Policy, which has been referred to as “the first of its kind”, is an innovation from the region with an ambition to establish equal access to modern energy services as a right, regardless of gender, age or socio-economic status. The Policy therefore aims to address existing barriers that may hinder the success of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and the ECOWAS Regional Policies on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, in the West African region by creating an enabling framework where men and women would be empowered to contribute to and benefit from sustainable energy solutions that addresses the region’s energy challenges.
The two-day workshop will take place from 4 – 5 June, 2015, at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in Dakar, Senegal, and will bring together international and regional experts on gender and energy from the Ministries of Energy, Ministries of Gender, development organizations, and academia, as well as stakeholder groups representing the beneficiaries of the Policy.
The ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access is framed in the context of severe energy crises, with over half of the population not having access to clean and modern forms of energy, and huge gender disparities evident through socioeconomic indicators that identify women as the more affected group of energy poverty in the region.
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