#STANDTALL IN NIGERIA
Empowering Rural Women as Energy Entrepreneurs in Northern Nigeria
24th October, 2015, Kaduna City, Nigeria
Northern Nigeria has been gaining a lot of media attention in the past years. The popular #bringbackourgirls is a campaign that has swept through several corners of the world, drawing a lot of attention to the region. The #bringbackourgirls campaign is a good example of the power of multiple voices directed towards a single cause. And come 24th of October, 2015, voices will be directed towards a different cause: promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment.
Evidence from around the world show that income poverty, energy poverty and gender inequality are inter-related, and that empowering those affected, economically and socially, is a solution whose effectiveness is becoming more appreciated.
It is for this reason the Sosai Renewable Energy Company (www.sosairen.org), the Developmental Association of Renewable Energies (DARE) (www.dare-world.org )and the traditional leaders in 10 rural communities in Kaduna State are teaming up to launch a project on ‘Empowering Rural Women as Energy Entrepreneurs in Northern Nigeria’.
The project is part of the Matan Arewa Sosai Initiative (Women of the North for Excellence). The Initiative aims to harness the natural ability of women as managers and innovators, training and empowering them to become business savvy individuals who will contribute towards the initiative’s objectives of upscaling:
- The distribution of renewable energy (RE) technologies;
- The application of RE technologies in existing or new small businesses;
- Production and distribution of improved cook stoves.
The project will apply an interesting business model which will identify and engage exemplary women from 10 rural communities in Kaduna State, in Nigeria (download the concept note here).
The initiative will kick-off with a 1-day awareness, sensitization and advocacy event to encourage rural women to be the solution they want, for their personal growth and of the social and economic advancement of their communities. The #STANDTALL campaign in Kaduna, Nigeria will be telling rural women that “they should be proud and confident in your qualities, capacities, abilities, talents and skills, and that they have something to offer towards ending energy poverty and to the sustainable development of their communities”. We are saying “don’t hold back from unleashing your full potential”.
For more information regarding this event please contact:
More information about the #STANDTALL campaign and how you can be part of the campaign is available here.
#STANDTALL IN SOUTH AFRICA
Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies and Innovations: Improving women’s lives
South African International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC)
4-7 October, Cape Town South Africa
The ‘Exhibition on Renewable Energy Technologies and Innovations: Improving women’s lives’ being organized by the UN Women South Africa Multi Country Office, in partnership with the Department of Energy and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will bring together innovators and entrepreneurs to showcase clean energy technologies that improve the welfare and living standards of women globally.
If you will be at the exhibition, endeavor to stop by at the #STANDTALL Photo Booth where UNIDO, UN Women and others will be advocating for women’s inclusion in the energy transformation agenda.
The message, aligned with the theme of the exhibition, is that:
- Technology can improves women’s live by reducing the burden of unpaid labour and improving the health conditions of women and their families, and, very importantly,
- Women can and should be active in leading the technology revolution in the clean energy sector.
For more information regarding the #Standtall Campaign at the SAIREC side-event, please contact:
- Nokwazi Moyo at firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: +27(0)12 394 5544
- cell: +27(0)81 303 9171
- Linitha Abraham, at email@example.com
- Anele Sibobi at firstname.lastname@example.org
- tel: +27 12 354 8140