Opening doors: Mapping the landscape for sustainable energy, gender diversity and social inclusion
Research and studies across Africa, Asia, and other emerging economies show that empowering women changes energy decisions. Women hold significant sway in household decisions related to the purchase of energy technologies—and even more in cooking technologies and fuel provision. They make or influence 80 percent of buying decisions and control $20 trillion in global spending.
This research captures data from 174 organizations, programs, and policy instruments that are already engaged in gender equality, social inclusion, and women’s empowerment at the intersection with sustainable energy and climate change.
This report highlights 10 promising projects that are underway—from Mexico and Indonesia to Burkina Faso and Bangladesh. These projects are examples of success; but to go beyond incremental improvement to wide-scale success, far bigger shifts are needed towards approaches that integrate gender equality, social inclusion, and women’s empowerment.