Across countries, gender inequality, state fragility, and climate vulnerability present challenges to the well-being of communities and the ecosystems upon which they depend. While much research exists connecting pairs of these issues—for example, the need for gender-responsive approaches to realize climate goals—little attention has been devoted to the intersection of the three issues, nor to how this ‘triple nexus’ could be taken into account toward more effective sustainable development decision-making and programming.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to both promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and strengthening the energy sector in order to fuel economic growth and social development.
This brief provides an overview of the gender dimensions of planning and building large-scale renewable energy infrastructure, such as hydropower and geothermal plants, solar arrays and wind parks with the capacity to generate 10 MW or more.
Rooted in discriminatory gender norms and laws and shrouded in impunity, gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in all societies as a means of control, subjugation and exploitation that further reinforces gender inequality.
This case study shows how utilities can increase gender equality and promote women’s empowerment through institutional policies, examining management structures, and utilizing corporate social responsibility (CSR).