The Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the regional organizations is coordinating the Island Women Open Network. The flag-ship initiative promotes gender mainstreaming into the sustainable energy sector of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific, Caribbean, Africa and Indian Ocean.
Without the active participation of women, it is impossible for SIDS to transition to Sustainable Energy For All and to achieve the SIDS DOCK goals: to increase energy efficiency by 25 percent (2005 baseline) and to generate a minimum of 50 percent of electric power from renewable sources and a 50 percent decrease in conventional transportation fuel use by 2033: Island Energy for Island Life 25-50-25 by 2033. Across the islands women face similar barriers to take advantage of sustainable energy services, investment and business opportunities.
The network is supporting SIDS-SIDS activities, projects and exchange through a network of regional sustainable energy centres, namely the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE), the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). The centres are operating under the umbrella of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
The gender network convenes a powerful advocacy group for sustainable energy and gender issues in SIDS and provides a strong link between international agreements and concrete action on the ground. The network executes and supports activities in five programme areas:
- Gender mainstreaming into policies, processes, program and project cycles
- Gender-responsive capacity and institution building
- Gender-responsive awareness raising and advocacy
- Gender-responsive investment and business promotion
- Gender-sensitive knowledge and technology transfer and exchange
The network creates links to already ongoing regional and national energy-gender programs such as the ECOWAS Programme on Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Access (ECOW-GEN) or the gender mainstreaming program of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The network is supported by the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), the Clinton Foundation, the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and other partners.