AGENT (GECCO*) Energy Webinar: Gender in large-scale energy infrastructure

AGENT (GECCO*) Energy Webinar: Gender in large-scale energy infrastructure

This webinar was hosted on November 13, 2015.

Gender mainstreaming in the energy sector is taking place from national policies, to institutional reforms and project development—increasing energy access and providing a low emission development pathways for many around the world. It 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 progress has taken place in small scale, community-based projects. Though these initiatives demonstrate ways in which engaging women improves the success of energy access and climate mitigation efforts, the results are often not well documented. A significant knowledge gap on gender and mid- to large-scale renewable energy projects exists.

This webinar, held on November 13, 2015, is a part of the AGENT (GECCO*) Energy webinar series and will highlight some of the related information gaps, as well as difficulties in addressing gender considerations within mid- to large-scale renewable energy projects and what solutions exist for increasing access to benefits by women and men of communities located in the project’s vicinity. The content of this webinar will be further expanded by succeeding learning sessions.

The webinar will be moderated by Ana Rojas, IUCN GGO, and will include the following presentations:

  • Understanding the gender dimensions of generation, transmission and distribution projects with Maria Beatriz Orlando, World Bank Senior Social Development Specialist & Vanessa Lopes Janik, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP)
  • Addressing gender in large-scale projects: opportunities under social impacts assessments and the need to improve these tools with Gabriela Factor, Community Insights Group
  • Increasing the benefits of large-scale energy projects: how government and NGO lead initiatives are ensuring the development needs of women and men are addressed in rural Peru with Daniella Rough, EnerTek Global

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.

*The former Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative is now part of a broader program, Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT), which aims to improve development outcomes by strengthening environmental programing through gender integration and achieving gender equality outcomes.