How do we go about incorporating gender considerations into Energy Policies and Strategies.

February 27, 2015 | By
Vera Monteiro

Gender consideration into Energy Policies and Strategies is crucial and benefits the society as a whole. Despite the gradual recognition of the importance of gender balance, women still continue to be underrepresented when it comes to crucial dialogue and decision-making for drawing out strategies and policies in the energy sector.DSC_5523

Women are major consumers of traditional fuels and feel the greatest impact on their health, security, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and climatic changes, directly linked to each other. Also, their increasing responsibilities at home, notably in rural areas, reduce their opportunities to engage in more educational, productive and income-generating activities. Given the direct link with energy and its environment, one can conclude that women would be better managers and promoters of a sustainable future if given the right opportunities to learn and understand about the environment as it relates to energy. The local women should have the right to be educated about the decisions they make and its direct effect on their lives, families and the entire community.

The involvement of women in decision-making and creation of policies for the energy sector should be increased at different levels and in different areas. The strategies must be designed taking into account the inclusion of women’s voices, their participation and contribution, so they can work with all members of society to create a more secure and sustainable future.

It is an urgent need to integrate gender analyses into public policy-making, and enhance women’s social and political status. Promoting engagement of women and their active participation is critical in addressing the issue of energy access by providing them with useful tools to tackle energy poverty in a healthy and sustainable way. Gender analysis should also be vital in the consideration of public policies planned to reduce energy poverty as energy itself and related policies are likely to have wide-ranging effects on gender relations, especially in developing countries.

Gender consideration into Energy Policies and Strategies is crucial and benefits the society as a whole. Despite the gradual recognition of the importance of gender balance, women still continue to be underrepresented when it comes to crucial dialogue and decision-making for drawing out strategies and policies in the energy sector.

Women are major consumers of traditional fuels and feel the greatest impact on their health, security, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity and climatic changes, directly linked to each other. Also, their increasing responsibilities at home, notably in rural areas, reduce their opportunities to engage in more educational, productive and income-generating activities. Given the direct link with energy and its environment, one can conclude that women would be better managers and promoters of a sustainable future if given the right opportunities to learn and understand about the environment as it relates to energy. The local women should have the right to be educated about the decisions they make and its direct effect on their lives, families and the entire community.

The involvement of women in decision-making and creation of policies for the energy sector should be increased at different levels and in different areas. The strategies must be designed taking into account the inclusion of women’s voices, their participation and contribution, so they can work with all members of society to create a more secure and sustainable future.

It is an urgent need to integrate gender analyses into public policy-making, and enhance women’s social and political status. Promoting engagement of women and their active participation is critical in addressing the issue of energy access by providing them with useful tools to tackle energy poverty in a healthy and sustainable way. Gender analysis should also be vital in the consideration of public policies planned to reduce energy poverty as energy itself and related policies are likely to have wide-ranging effects on gender relations, especially in developing countries.

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