AGENT Energy Webinar: Gender implications for energy infrastructure

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This webinar aims to deepen understanding of the social and gender considerations that surround the implementation of large-scale energy infrastructure projects, as well as to highlight good practices in the sector.

Panelists will explore the diversity of opportunities to include gender throughout the planning, design, implementation and meaningful corporate policies of large-scale energy infrastructure projects, programs and businesses across hydro projects, concentrated solar programs, geothermal plants and distribution projects from around the world.

The webinar was moderated by Ana Rojas, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and included presentations from the following speakers:

  • Vanessa Lopes Janik, Social, Gender and Energy Specialist, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and Maria Beatriz Orlando, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank. Presentation: Gender and electricity infrastructure: Impacts and opportunities. In their presentation, Vanessa and Maria Beatriz will present the findings of the ESMAP and the World Bank report on “Getting to Gender Equality in Energy Infrastructure. In presenting these findings, they will introduce how gender issues in the areas of land or labor can be considered within energy generation, transmission and distribution programs. Case studies will highlight a hydro project in Nepal, concentrated solar program in Morocco and distribution project in Senegal.
  • Alaide González, Renewable energy consultant, Energia y Ambiente. Presentation: Gender responsive geothermal generation —harvesting energy and social benefits in El Salvador. In her presentation, Alaide from LaGeo will present on LaGeo’s gender-responsive corporate philosophy, in both its corporate space and in community outreach. The presentation will highlight the myriad of actions LaGeo undertakes —from improving HR policies, to capitalizing on byproducts of geothermal generation and to improving communities’ resilience by investing in environment, education and health services.

This webinar is organized in coordination with:


Advancing Gender in the Environment (AGENT) is a ten-year Public International Organization (PIO) grant to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that was established in 2014 and is managed by the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment’s (E3) Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. The purpose of the grant is to increase the effectiveness of USAID’s environment programing through the robust integration of gender considerations, improving gender equality and women’s empowerment outcomes in a broad range of environmental sectors.

AGENT provides an array of support for national, regional and global environmental activities to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality. AGENT’s support is designed to complement existing or emerging USAID environmental efforts. AGENT broadens the reach of technical support, builds evidence for gender integration throughout environmental sectors, fills critical information gaps, and develops targeted resources and tools that can be directly applied in Agency programs, training and communications.

The information provided in this email is not official U.S. Government information and does not represent the views or positions of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the U.S. Government. 

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