Sustainable Energy Transition – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Vienna, Austria, 7 September 2021—In light of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy, a call has been made to support the acceleration of SDG7 by making bold commitments captured in the form of Energy Compacts. ENERGIA, GWNET, UNIDO and their partners, as well as the governments of Iceland and Kenya in their capacity as Global Champions on Energy Access, will host a Deep-Dive Workshop on the Gender-Energy Nexus to mobilize action towards the Energy Compact, “Sustainable Energy Transition – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.”
Women have a critical role to play in achieving SDG7, but barriers such as access to sustainable energy, education, finance, career advancement and insufficient involvement in decision-making processes prevent them from leading, participating in, and benefitting from the sustainable energy transition on a level playing field with men. Ensuring access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions for women is fundamental to a just and inclusive energy transition. As stated by Mr. Geir Oddsson, Head of Division Climate, Natural Resources and Environment at Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, “gender equality is not only smart economics and the right thing to do, but also a human right.”
The workshop will take place on 8 September 2021, from 14:00-15:30 CEST, and will:
- Provide an overview of the Energy Compact process and background,
- Explore the needs and opportunities to catalyze action towards mainstreaming a gender transformative approach in energy transition strategies, initiatives and energy compacts,
- Present and explore the process of conceptualizing and registering an Energy Compact with the aim of catalyzing measurable actions to enhance gender equality and empower women towards SDG7.
The Deep-Dive Workshop will provide a platform to catalyze individual and collaborative action towards garnering political will, international cooperation and increased funding and investment—a call to accelerate a just, inclusive and sustainable energy transition that both women and men can equally lead, participate in and benefit from.