First in a series of briefs, this provides an overview of the role of women in the formal energy sector. It presents evidence that women’s equal participation in the sector will result in measurable benefits, including increased returns on investments and stronger development outcomes. Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) Thematic Energy Brief Series The […]
Climate change is not only one of the greatest environmental and development challenges facing the world today, it is one that will have critical impacts on human rights and inequalities, including gender inequality. It is therefore deeply appropriate for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and UN Women to have collaborated in developing Mainstreaming Gender in […]
This brief is a contribution to the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). It provides an overview of how well members of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) are integrating gender equality into their bilateral aid to climate change.
Climate change impacts and responses are not gender-neutral; thus, climate financing mechanisms and resource allocations meant to address these differentiated impacts must be gender-responsive. Women’s direct participation in climate change decision making, including in governing bodies of climate finance mechanisms, is a crucial aspect to effectively and equitably designing, implementing, and funding climate solutions. A gender-responsive climate finance architecture can play […]
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) was designed to meet two objectives, namely to help Annex I Parties to cost-effectively meet part of their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol and to assist non-Annex I Parties in achieving sustainable development. While CDM projects create certified emission reductions (CERs) that project participants can sell to Annex I Parties to […]
The relevance of gender issues is not well understood by many practitioners involved in climate change mitigation investments and financing mechanisms. Prevailing approaches to reducing emissions have prioritized scientific and technological measures, often at the expense of social and behavioral considerations. Most of the mitigation projects and funds so far have supported large-scale energy infrastructure […]
Microfinance plays a significant role in providing sustainable livelihoods to disadvantaged groups all over the world. The provision of loans, savings and payment products for the underserved and unbanked populations is critical to promoting inclusive finance. Research shows that over 70% of beneficiaries of the financial inclusion agenda are women. The gender impact of microfinance […]
This latest report from UN Women examines the status of women in the global economy and proposes a new economic policy agenda that aims to boost gender equality. Included is a telling set of statistics and analysis that illustrate the gender gap and gender discrimination experienced in the labor force. The report introduces ten recommendations that promote a global society that measures economic success based on the fulfillment of human rights rather than strictly traditional economic indicators.
This publication will highlight some of the methodologies that have the potential to help the empowerment of women, as well as further work being done by the Secretariat to enhance gender equality through ensuring that gender is a consideration in the CDM process.
This is a training manual developed by GVEP International to assist energy entrepreneurs in gaining access to the necessary financing. Although this manual is not specifically aimed towards female energy entrepreneurs, women-owned small and medium enterprises comprise 30 percent of these businesses in emerging markets. Therefore, this manual, which focuses on business aspects of the energy sector, can be utilized to assist female and male entrepreneurs.