Women and Productive Uses of Energy: Some light on a shadowy area

The objective of this paper is to briefly outline the key issues in mainstreaming gender issues in UNDP initiatives on Productive Uses of Renewable Energy (PURE), which is aimed at linking energy services with poverty reduction. The paper defines gender mainstreaming in the context of energy, the gender dimensions in PURE, identifies critical issues to be addressed, and suggests specific strategies for addressing gender issues in PURE, using good practices from past experiences in addressing the energy-gender-poverty nexus.