Catalyzing Gender Equality: Focused clean energy development in West Africa
The ECOWAS Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) partnered with the Clean Energy Solutions Center (Solutions Center), the African Development Bank and other institutions to develop a Situation Analysis of Energy and Gender Issues in ECOWAS Member States. Through a systematic approach to assess interlinked gender and energy issues in the region, the report puts forth a number of key findings. In particular, the analysis finds that women in the region continue to be less represented within the energy decision-making sphere and energy access challenges often negatively impact their human rights. Further, the study reveals that although women will be disproportionately more affected by climate change, they possess relatively limited influence on key decisions related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This finding reiterates the need for gender equality to be integrated as a critical step to combat climate change, as articulated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.