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Powering Women’s Economic Development Through Equal Access to Energy

Powering Women’s Economic Development Through Equal Access to Energy

Update: 2021-05-18
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Sheila Oparaocha of the International Network on Gender and Sustainability discusses the global effort to ensure gender equality in energy access, as an essential foundation for economic development and public health. 

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One billion people around the world lack access to electricity, and three times as many do not have access to fuel and appliances that allow for clean and safe cooking inside the home. The lack of clean and reliable energy is a major barrier to economic development and an ongoing threat to human health in some of the poorest parts of the globe.

Sheila Oparaocha, the recipient of the Kleinman Center’s 2021 Carnot Prize for outstanding contributions in energy policy, discusses efforts to bring access to reliable, affordable and clean energy to areas in need, and ensure that energy becomes a foundation of economic development that is available to women and men alike.

Oparaocha is the International Coordinator of ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. ENERGIA partners with governments and industry to provide women with access to finance, training and technical skills to build energy-based businesses. It also works with governments and other key actors to integrate gender-responsive approaches in energy policies, programs and projects.

Sheila Oparaocha is the International Coordinator of ENERGIA, the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy.

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Powering Women’s Economic Development Through Equal Access to Energy

Powering Women’s Economic Development Through Equal Access to Energy

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy