Women Leaders Call For Action in Response to COVID-19

Opening opportunities for gender equality in the transition to sustainable energy

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An opinion piece by Sheila Oparaocha and Elizabeth Cecelski (ENERGIA), Rabia Ferroukhi (IRENA), Dymphna van der Lans (Clean Cooking Alliance), Irene Giner-Reichl (GWNET), Monica Maduekwe (ECREEE), Ajaita Shah (Frontier Markets)
  • The energy sector must mitigate gender-based vulnerabilities that have worsened with the pandemic, in health care, gender-based violence, and the digital economy;
  • Women need better energy access and suitable appliances to support their roles in the care economy. Clean cooking is of special importance here.
  • Women need to have a place at the table — or create their own tables — when strategies about energy transitions and post recovery strategies are planned and decided on.
  1. International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) (2020), “Call to Action in Response to COVID-19: Renewable Energy is a Key Part of the Solution,” https://coalition.irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Coalition-for-Action/Publication/IRENA_Coalition_COVID-19_response.pdf.
  2. IRENA (2019), Renewable Energy: A Gender Perspective, January, https://www.irena.org/publications/2019/Jan/Renewable-Energy-A-Gender-Perspective.
  3. Clean Cooking Alliance (CCA) (2020), “OPINION: COVID-19, air pollution and cooking: a deadly connection”, 15 April, https://www.cleancookingalliance.org/about/news/04-15-2020-opinion-covid-19-air-pollution-and-cooking-a-deadly-connection.html
  4. CCA (2020), “Pandemic Threatens Access to Clean Cooking Energy, Potentially Worsening Air Pollution and COVID-19’s Impact”, 30 April, https://www.cleancookingalliance.org/about/news/04-30-2020-pandemic-threatens-access-to-clean-cooking-energy-potentially-worsening-air-pollution-and-covid-19-s-impact.html.
  5. Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) (2020), “Opening Opportunities for Women in Energy by building back better!”, 4 June, Opening Opportunities for Women in Energy by building back better!.
  6. ECOWAS Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) (2020), “How clean energy can power a COVID-19 recovery”, How clean energy can power a COVID-19 recovery.
  7. IEA, IRENA, UNSD, World Bank, WHO (2020), Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report, May, https://irena.org/-/media/Files/IRENA/Agency/Publication/2020/May/SDG7Tracking_Energy_Progress_2020.pdf.
  8. Ajaita Shah, Frontier Markets, Interview on Covid-19 pandemic on the ground in rural India, https://www.ogunte.com/blog/profile/ajaita-shah-frontier-markets-covid19/

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