Gender and Energy Awards and Events to Look out for

October 26, 2015 | By

Gender-responsive Awards

AU Scientific Awards for Women

Nominations are open for the African Union Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards. Developed by the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and the AU, the initiative will award Cash Prizes of US$20,000 and Recognition Certificates to African women researchers who have distinguished themselves are as researchers in Earth and Life Sciences, and Basic, Science, Technology and Innovation sectors. The application deadline for regional scientific awards for African women is 30 October 2015.

The African Union (AU) will also honor outstanding African scientists through the Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Awards for fields that include agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, and energy innovation (among others). The prize for that is US$100, 000. The application deadline for the continental scientific award is 15 November 2015.

The Application forms and Rules and Regulation for an application can be found here.


WEPs CEO Leadership Awards

The prestigious Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership Awards is open for nominations. The award recognizes leaders who have championed gender equality and Women’s Empowerment Principles in and through their organization’s operations. Submissions are opened until 27 November 2015.

To be eligible:

  • CEOs (present or past) should have signed (or intends) to sign the WEPs CEO Statement of Support by 30 October 2015; and
  • The organization should be a participant of the United Nations Global Compact or intend to become participants within the next six months.

Award recipients will have the opportunity to speak directly about their commitment at a ceremony held at the United Nations during the Women’s Empowerment Principles Annual Event, March 2016.

Download this form to nominate a CEO.

To learn more about the WEPs CEO Leadership Awards click here.

Found out how to join the United Nations Global Compact Initiative here.




Energy – Gender Events


Clean Cooking Forum on Accelerating Markets, Scaling Solutions

November 10 – 13 2015, Accra, Ghana

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GACC) is organizing a four day conference for cookstove practitioners, at the Alisa Hotel, in Accra, Ghana. The conference will take place from 10 – 13 November, 2015, and will create a platform for organizations, corporations, and individuals operating in the cookstove sector to learn from each other, thus contributing towards the objective of “gaining the capacity and resources necessary to scale adoption of clean cooking solutions”.

According to GACC, “The Forum will bring together stakeholders to share practices, build capacity and forge new partnerships through four days of informative sessions, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations.”

Visit the GACC website for more information and access to relevant resources.


Gender and Infrastructure Development

Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week, 13 – 17 November 2015, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPA) is organizing an Infrastructure Week from 13 – 17 November 2015, in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The objective of the conference is to harmonize and strengthen efforts to speed-up infrastructure development in the continent, and, thus, ensure the successful and timely implementation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Priority Action Plan (PAP).

The event will bring together different stakeholders (e.g. continental and regional bodies, donors and partners, potential investors and project developers, including the media) to deliberate on how to achieve the desired level of infrastructure development in Africa. To this end, a panel on Gender and Infrastructure Development will lead discussions on how regional infrastructure may be designed to support equitable and inclusive growth and development across Africa. The deliberations will, among others, examine the future role the ECOWAS Policy for Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access will play towards the achievement of this ambition in the region. The Policy has as one of its objectives to “Ensure that all energy policies, programmes and initiatives, including large energy infrastructures and investments, are non-discriminatory, gender-inclusive, gender-balanced and directed towards addressing inequalities, particularly energy poverty, differentially affecting men and women in the region”.

The NEPAD website contains all relevant information on the PIDA Week.



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