Gender, access to energy and low-emission development

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Day: Thursday December 10th

Time: 9:00- 10:30 am (CST)


Introduction. Ana Maria Majano. Coordinator of LEDS LAC Secretariat, INCAE Business School.

Link between gender, access to energy and mitigation. Jackie Siles. Global Gender Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).


Creating conditions for gender equality in public rural electrification projects: the experience of Electrification Project of Nicaragua (PELNICA). Irma Gutierrez. Gender Specialist, Nicaragua Electrification Project (PELNICA).


Experience of gender inclusion in the implementation of the micro hydro Batzchocola Community, Nebaj, Quiche, Guatemala. Mario Guadalupe Hernandez Jimenez. Executive Director, Association for the Development Rijatz’ul Q’ij (Seed Sun).


About the webinar

Women and men play different roles to be both users, and system administrators of the energy. Often, women are a disadvantaged group, whose energy needs are not adequately solved and whose total integration as participants in the design of policies and active actors in the projects is still a challenge for energy planning. Therefore a project or energy policy incorporating a gender perspective would benefit women and men equally, recognizing their distinct energy needs. The integration of gender considerations tends to increase project efficiency and energy policies which are integrated, as this process helps to identify barriers to implementation and possible benefits such as emissions reduction and increased resilience to climate change.

This webinar provided information on the importance of linking gender and access to energy, the inclusion of gender in the demand for energy, some examples of the involvement of women in the value chain of the energy and information resources available online. In addition, two case studies where gender and access to energy projects are linked were presented: In the first case the events described in PELNICA, rural electrification project for extension of networks, which implemented a Rural Development Strategy and Gender Equality (DRiG). In the second case the inclusion of gender experience in the implementation of the micro hydro Batzchocolá Community, Nebaj, Quiché, Guatemala is developed.

The webinar was held in Spanish.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the LEDS LAC Platform Secretariat:info@ledslac.org

About the speakers

Jackie Siles. Global Gender, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Agricultural engineer with a Masters in Natural Resources Management. She has over fifteen years of experience in projects on gender and environment organizations like CARE, IUCN, Wetlands International and CATIE, regional organizations, local and national governments, ministries of environment, energy and agriculture, women’s organizations and indigenous in areas such as watershed management, community participation, organic agriculture, gender and social aspects. Now, she coordinates the initiative “Women as leaders and agents of change in the energy sector in Central America.

Irma Gutierrez. Gender specialist. Electrification Project Nicaragua (PELNICA)

Degree in Social and Labour Law. In 2009 she graduated from the Master of Perspectives on Gender and Development. Since 1995, she has participated in activities that integrate a gender perspective. Currently she works as a Gender Specialist for Nicaragua Electrification Project (PELNICA).

Mario Guadalupe Hernandez Jimenez. Executive Director of the Association for the Development Rijatz’ul Q’ij (Seed Sun)

Sociologist from the University of San Carlos of Guatemala; Fitotecnist from University Rafael Landivar, Guatemala. Sociology Environmental Studies, FLACSO, Specialization in micro and small hydro, CEDECAP ITDG, Peru; Diploma in Environmental Management for Sustainability and Project Formulation and Evaluation, INCAE, Costa Rica, Diploma in Development Project evaluation, ICAP, Costa Rica.