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Celebrating 25 years of building gender-equal energy access

2021 marks ENERGIA’s 25th anniversary. On this occasion, we have the opportunity not only to look back on our past achievements, but also to reflect on the challenges that we still have to address to ensure universal energy access and a just, inclusive, gender-equal and sustainable energy transition.

Looking at the past 25 years, the energy sector has changed. Gender has become an issue. Policies, institutions, communities have experienced the importance of integrating gender approaches and how these strategies enhance the positive impacts of projects and programs. However, the level of awareness of the gender and energy nexus is still low, along with sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics, women’s participation and recognition in energy institution and in policy.

In this virtual space, we will be discussing these issues with current and former colleagues, partners, and women’s entrepreneurs who have played a crucial role in building the ENERGIA Network and raising awareness to deliver on our sustainable goals.

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  • Advocacy

    Taking stock of 25 years of bringing gender into the energy conversation Over the past 25 years, ENERGIA has been calling for a gender-equal energy sector. These experiences have now been compiled in a virtual overview. This overview retraces key strategies, achievements and resources that allowed the Network to be a critical player in the […]

  • Closing the gender and energy gap: Interview with Magi Matinga

    Magi Matinga, Technical Advisor at ENERGIA, explains how ENERGIA has contributed to the inclusion of a gender perspective in policies, projects and programs at national and international level by: Providing research evidence and sex-disaggregated data for use by policy- and decision makers on women’s and men’s energy needs and consumption patterns. Advocating for women’s recognition […]

  • The gender and energy nexus: Interview with Magi Matinga

    What do we mean by gender and how does this relate to energy? What do we mean by gender perspective? Magi Matinga, Techincal Advisor at ENERGIA, guides us through these aspects, highlighting how women and men have different energy needs and how taking or not into account this diversity could influence their life, perpetuate gender […]

  • Advocating for gender inclusion in the energy sector: Interview with Sheila Oparaocha

    Advocacy is an approach aimed at changing aspects of the current situation by addressing people with influence on the situation. ENERGIA has always worked with partners to influence energy policy, practice, projects and programs to integrate gender approaches and build a more gender-sensitive and gender-responsive energy sector.  Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA’s International Coordinator and Program Manager, explains […]

  • The blackbox of gender mainstreaming in the energy sector

    In its 25 years of existence, gender mainstreaming in energy policies, institutions, programs and projects has been and still is an important part of ENERGIA’s work. But what is gender mainstreaming in the energy sector exactly? In short, gender mainstreaming is a tool or a process to correct the imbalance between women and men in […]

  • The beginning of a journey set out to make bold changes

    What prompted a group of experts to build a network at the nexus of gender and energy? How did gender approaches change the energy sector? Prof Joy Clancy, one of the founding members of ENERGIA, looks at our work over the past 25 years, discussing the main accomplishments in terms of research, gender mainstreaming, advocacy […]