Time of Event

14:00 – 17:30 Manila Time

Summary

The Deep Dive Workshop (DDW) on Gender Inclusive Clean Energy Solutions to Tackle Energy Poverty is designed to explore the intersection between gender, energy, and the environment, with a view to advancing social equity and the green transition. The workshop will be held during the 19th Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2024, which will bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to examine key sustainability challenges and opportunities facing the region. Discussions will be grounded in the broader theme of Accelerating the Clean Energy Transition and Ensuring Energy Security and Affordability, and take place over 3-7 June 2024 at the ADB Headquarters in Manila. The intersection of gender and energy, including the environmental problems caused by energy use, is a critical but underexplored area of research that has immense implications for achieving social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Gender dynamics significantly influence energy access, consumption, production, and decision-making processes. As the world strives to address the challenges of energy transition and climate change, understanding the multifaceted relationship between gender, energy, and the environment becomes crucial.

For women, solid fuel presents additional challenges. In many societies, due to traditional gender roles, women and girls are often responsible for gathering and managing household energy, meaning they must spend significant time and effort collecting solid fuels. This not only limits their opportunities for education and economic activities but may also expose them to health risks from using unclean fuels. Therefore, strategies to address energy poverty need to pay special attention to women's needs and rights, including improving their access to energy, reducing dependence on polluting fuels, and ensuring their voice in energy decision-making processes. 

Objectives
  • Investigate and explore the intersection between gender and energy, including how gender norms, roles, and inequalities impact energy systems, policies, and practices.
  • Promote a comprehensive understanding of gender-sensitive energy strategies to enhance energy security and environmental sustainability.
  • Foster social justice and inclusivity while advancing our understanding of the gender-energy nexus and its implications for sustainable development and gender equality.
  • Propose effective policy recommendations based on a deep understanding of the relationship between gender and energy to promote sustainable development, just transition, women empowerment, and gender equality.
Target Participants

Policymakers, practitioners, and academics from ADB DMCs.

Partner

Asian Development Bank

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