ENERGIA (The International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy) has announced that its long-time partner, the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), has committed to our new project Empowering Women, Engendering Energy with a 6 million Euro funding contribution.
The project builds on ENERGIA’s experience in women’s economic empowerment, advocacy for gender inclusion in energy policies and practice, gender mainstreaming in large scale energy projects and programmes, and networking.
The project is designed to achieve three specific objectives with four intervention areas: Catalyse women’s economic empowerment, improve the enabling environment for gender inclusion in the energy sector, strengthen the network voice and thought leadership.
In the new phase, ENERGIA will further develop our holistic and comprehensive approach to energy and gender. Indeed, ENERGIA’s uniqueness stands in the capacity to adopt a multi-pronged strategy, which combines evidence building, awareness creation, lobbying and advocacy, gender mainstreaming, knowledge and information sharing, women’s economic empowerment, organisational strengthening and network building.
Action is needed at multiple levels, starting with demonstrating results on the ground, using these results as well as research based evidence to effect policy changes and assisting organisations to ideate, develop and implement gender-responsive energy interventions.
This strategy has proved to be successful in building an enabling environment and the organisation will continue improving it.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal