GECCO Webinar: Understanding how renewable energy contributes to gender equality and empowerment

GECCO Webinar: Understanding how renewable energy contributes to gender equality and empowerment

This webinar was hosted on October 22, 2015.

Gender mainstreaming in the energy sector is taking place from national policies to institutional reforms and project development, ultimately increasing energy access and providing low emission development pathways for many around the world. Gender has been a central pillar of the commitments towards achieving universal access to modern energy and is recognized as a cornerstone within the Sustainable Development Goals. While efforts at integrating gender considerations into climate change and the renewable energy sector have progressed over the years, most of this progress has taken place in small scale, community-based projects.

This first webinar in GECCO Energy webinar series was tasked with providing the basics on why it is necessary to address gender in the energy sector, as well as pinpoint where good practices and knowledge gaps exist. The content of this webinar will be further expanded by succeeding learning sessions.

The webinar will include the following presentations:

  • Women working in the energy sector: why are there so few with Kristen GrafExecutive Director, Women of Wind Energy
  • Large-scale energy infrastructure: if they are not gender neutral, why do we hear so little about it? with Vanessa Lopes JanikOperations Officer, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
  • Why are women playing a key role in the value chain of renewable energy technologies? with Abigail Mackey, Grants Manager, Solar Sister
  • Women’s energy needs and contributions to the energy sector with Ana Rojas, Gender and Energy Task Manager, IUCN Global Gender Office

The webinar recording is available here:

The Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative is a five-year program launched by USAID and IUCN in 2014. GECCO’s overall goal is to leverage advancements in women’s empowerment and gender equality through, and for, the benefit of climate change and development outcomes. Through its series of webinars, GECCO aims at increasing knowledge and sensitization of key stakeholders in the energy and mitigation sectors as a means to advance women’s empowerment.