The climate debate became a dominant topic and provided a new opportunity to show how development goals were closely interlinked. Because of the burden on lower-income communities, this challenge required an integrated approach that ensured women’s voices were heard in national and international sustainable development conversations.
There was a shared consensus to investigate how climate-related risks, such as flooding, droughts, ecosystem degradation and natural disasters could directly and indirectly impact women, who were already dealing with poverty and lack of access to clean energy services. In collaboration with the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), ENERGIA established an advocacy team and worked to incorporate a gender perspective into climate change discussions. We developed factsheets, papers and publications, including ENERGIA News, to raise awareness of the role women can play as energy users and providers as well as key actors in addressing climate change.