Access to improved modern energy services has been acknowledged for fostering economic and human development and creating avenues for bridging gender gaps that improve women’s quality of life. Redefining the existing views on gender and energy, a new emerging narrative rightfully acknowledges women as active game changers in the energy domain, from agents of energy supply, grassroots mobilisers, entrepreneurs, workers, scientists and engineers, to decision makers in the top echelons of private and public sector organizations. Moreover, examples of successful outcomes of gender mainstreaming only furthers the cause of acknowledging, promoting and strengthening women’s roles in the entire energy value chain.
The ‘First Volume on Gender and Energy’ under the Climate and Energy Review Series, explores the gender-energy nexus in Asian countries, to understand the unique challenges and opportunities at various levels- from household decisions to policy making. New perspectives on just transition emphasizing on gender-inclusive climate action, are the highlight of the volume, which aims to bring to the fore a dialogue on entrenching gender and inclusivity at the core of climate action and just transition discourses.
This editorial brings together contributions from myriad sector experts and stakeholders from the focus countries and beyond, in the form of an eclectic mix of articles, blogs, commentaries, and interviews that highlight regional and global perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for gender in achieving energy transitions in a just and equitable manner. Our contributors draw from their journeys in the domain to bring out captivating empirical and anecdotal accounts on unique themes including gender budgeting, clean cooking, entrepreneurship, activism, green jobs for women, and much more, that are sure to pique the interest of the readers.
With this backdrop, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and The Energy and Resources institute (TERI) are hosting a virtual launch of the first volume of the editorial, ’Gender and Energy: Empowering women as the key players of just energy transitions’ on Thursday, 3rd March 2022. The event will bring together the contributors as well as stakeholders from policy and practice, academia, private and public sector, think tanks, and civil society whose insights and feedback on the editorial would further enrich the discourse on gender in energy transitions.
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