content type: Strategy
Integration of gender into SEforALL initiative
ENERGIA provided guidance to the Global Facilitation Team (GFT) of the SEforALL initiative on how to integrate gender in SEforALL activities and decision making processes via direct engagement with the GTF in face-to-face meetings and the review of policy and program documents.
Developing and disseminating publications
ENERGIA focused on the importance of sharing communications products to raise awareness and contribute to influencing the public and private sector on the linkages between gender and energy access.
Establishing the Gender and Energy Innovation Facility
Gender innovation, meaning gender approaches, processes and practices for energy access that deviate from the norm, is non-existent in the energy sector. ENERGIA established the Gender and Energy Innovation Facility to address this gap.
Gender mainstreaming at the institutional level
Gender mainstreaming continued to be crucial and cross-cutting in most of ENERGIA’s activities. ENERGIA supported ministries of energy, rural electrification agencies, electric utilities and nationally implemented donor programs to apply a gender lens to organizational processes, practices and operations.
Collaborating at the national level
ENERGIA continued to partner with national institutions and local stakeholders to influence national strategies, energy policies and action plans. This inclusive approach allowed ENERGIA to collaborate with different actors and fully support the integration of gender strategies at all levels, from households to governments.
Participating in national and international meetings
Aiming to create a gender-responsive energy sector that supports not only women entrepreneurs at the local level, but also women and gender discussions at the global level, ENERGIA implemented global and national advocacy activities at relevant national and international meetings.
Convening and coordinating advocacy actions and activities
ENERGIA stimulates and facilitates conversations and collaborations between different organizations and stakeholders, including local finance institutions (LFIs), renewable energy (RE) companies, governments, local authorities, non-governmental organisations and women entrepreneurs, to establish a common understanding of the challenges women entrepreneurs face, and formulate and undertake actions to bring a systemic change.
Collaborating to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
Gender mainstreaming turned out to play a significant role in scaling up energy projects and creating an enabling environment for women to achieve their potential at all levels. ENERGIA’s collaboration with institutions, international agencies and governments offered the opportunity to highlight how gender norms and gender-blind actions represent a barrier to achieving the newly launched Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Participating in high-level energy policy discussions
Bringing a gender perspective to the energy sector required strong collaboration with like-minded partners and participation in national, regional and international meetings. ENERGIA identified actions, activities, messages and strategies to accelerate progress towards building a more equal energy sector and participated in a number of events to advocate for a more gender-sensitive energy sector.
Power in collaboration: Advancing progress with partnerships
ENERGIA has always believed that a multi-pronged, multi-sectoral, collaborative and integrated approach that combines different actions at different levels (international, national, community, household, individual) is needed to accelerate coordinated action across the energy sector.
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