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Online Discussion on Gender and the AfDB Feed Africa Strategy
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This online discussion aims to increase the knowledge and practice-base on effective initiatives to support gender equality in the energy sector; recognizing the gender-defined roles of energy production, distribution and utilization on the continent. The online discussion will be launched on October 4th and will last for 6 weeks. It is organized across 3 phases, with each phase covering different dimensions of the topic: Phase 1: Access to Energy (October 4 – October 18) Success is in the implementation of the New Deal on Energy For Africa is dependent on the demand side approach where the needs of both women and men are taken into account when designing and implementing interventions. This phase will examine questions relating to the gender and energy access. Phase 2: Energy Production and Distribution (October 19 – November 1) It is crucial to improve not just access to energy but also distribution, thereby extending the benefits of energy to the remotest communities. There are various gender-defined roles in energy production, distribution and utilization in households, communities, and the market at large. Well-designed energy interventions have the potential to benefit women as suppliers, not just as consumers of energy. This phase will examine gender roles in the production and distribution of energy. Phase 3: Sustainable Energy Utilization (November 2 – November 16) "Energy," said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, "is the golden thread that connects economic growth, social equity, and environmental sustainability. With access to energy, people can study, go to university, get a job, start a business - and reach their full potential." Energy is also crucial for achieving the AfDB’s priorities which support prosperity for the continent as a whole (Women and Men), not only today but for the future. It is therefore important to examine sustainable energy utilization for Africa’s future. This section will examine gender and the sustainable use of energy.
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