Gender equality and energy access, while discussed separately, are inextricably linked.
In developing countries around the world, women are almost always the primary managers of household energy and spend a significant portion of their time ensuring that their families have the energy needed to cook, light, and heat their homes. The adoption of clean and efficient household energy solutions is a critical driver for gender equality and women’s empowerment and women have proven to be key players in the dissemination and adoption of household energy technologies and fuels.
The Women’s Energy Entrepreneurship Workshop will focus on economically empowering women through their engagement in the household energy sector to lead efforts that seek to develop effective, culturally-appropriate, and sustainable energy solutions.
The event will convene practitioners, researchers, policy makers, donors, and entrepreneurs to share challenges, lessons learned, and best practices to support women energy entrepreneurs and scale household energy access approaches that leverage women’s entrepreneurship. It will highlight the latest research, innovative approaches, and technological solutions, as well as provide an opportunity for strategic discussion and planning to fill critical gaps and to advance the energy entrepreneurship and empowerment nexus. The exact location of the workshop is to be confirmed.
The agenda will cover several themes and topics, such as:
- Voices and experiences of women energy entrepreneurs
- Effective business models that engage women retailers
- Evidence gaps needed to make the business case and attract investment for gender-informed approaches
- Social impact monitoring & evaluation methodologies and resources
- Lessons from the Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook and opportunities for training of trainers
- Innovative technologies
- Regional collaboration and coordination
Please expect a detailed agenda closer to the event.