Asia LEDS Webinar Series #3: Gender Mainstreaming in Energy Sector

Hosted by the Asia LEDS Partnership and the Energy Working Group of the LEDS Global Partnership

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This webinar is a cooperation of the Asia LEDS Partnership and the Energy Working Group of LEDS GP, the Gender Equality for Climate Change Opportunities (GECCO) initiative, a five-year program launched by USAID and IUCN in 2014 which overall goal is to leverage advancements in women’s empowerment and gender equality, and ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. It demonstrates how gender methodologies have been designed for the energy sector and applied in Asia.

The webinar focuses on mainstreaming gender in energy sector projects and programmes, which should enable both women and men to benefit equally from energy projects, reduce gender inequalities, and empower women.

The webinar will also present a specific case study to demonstrate gender mainstreaming approaches. The Asian Development Bank has been supporting the Energy Department of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, India, as part of the Regional Technical Assistance (RETA) Enhancing Energy Based Livelihoods for Women Micro-Entrepreneurs. As part of a Gender Action Plan, over 20,000 women entrepreneurs have been trained on business improvement and benefitted from enhanced energy access. More than 500 enterprises have adopted electricity-based improvements, reaffirming the proposition that with appropriate enabling conditions, women can make significant contributions to the energy sector and use energy as an instrument for enhancing their livelihoods.



Ana Victoria Rojas
Sustainable Development Specialist, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Ana Victoria Rojas is a sustainable development specialist with 15 years of experience working on climate change, energy, gender, and poverty. She has worked with policy makers, program practitioners, international organizations, NGOs, and grassroots level organizations in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. Ana is the Gender and Energy Task Manager for the Global Gender Office at IUCN, where she coordinates the GECCO renewable energy and mitigation activities.

Soma-DuttaSoma Dutta
Programme Coordinator, ENERGIA

Soma Dutta is the Programme Coordinator with ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. Soma works on cross-cutting issues of gender, poverty, and development in the context of energy access and on efforts that contribute to women economic empowerment through energy access. In the area of energy access, Soma has supported policy makers, practitioners, governments, NGOs and international organizations in project planning; socio-economic, institutional and policy analysis; and capacity building.

Francesco-TornieriFrancesco Tornieri
Principal Social Development Specialist, Office of the Director General, South Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Francesco Tornieri has been working passionately for over 20 years in social development, currently as South Asia Gender Equality and Social Inclusion focal point at ADB and previously at the World Bank, Africa region. The importance of energy access for poverty reduction and the nexus between gender, social inclusion, and energy have led him to engage deeply in the energy sector by building strategic partnerships with sector colleagues and practitioners.