,Article-Why Gender Matters in Energy?_Sama Shrestha
Energy: Empowering Women, Uplifting Lives is an advocacy project, an initiative to advocate and lobby for the integration of gender and social inclusion into national energy policies and programmess in Nepal. It is funded by International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy/
(ENERGIA/ Hivos 11 In Nepal, the project is led by CRT/N in partnership with Nepal Forum of
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) and National Association of Community Electricity Users’ –
Nepal (NACEUN). The project is timely especially because of the ongoing Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative that aims to improve people’s access to modern, clean and efficient energy systems. The project sets on the ground for the promotion of sustainable and inclusive energy systems in Nepal by raising public awareness and through the capacity building of SE4All stakeholders on the nexus between gender, sustainable development and renewable energy at national, community and household levels.
To advocate on gender and social inclusion agenda within the SE4ALL initiative in Nepal.
Dhading, Kavrepalachowk, Lalitpur, Udayapur, Sindhuli, Khotang
The project is expected to improve understanding of gender, energy and social inclusion (GESI) amongst SE4All stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels, leading to effective integration of GESI into energy policies and programs.
SE4All consortium partners, local Governments and development committees, general public including school community, woman entrepreneurs and energy service providers (e.g. Community Rural Electrification Entity and stove promoters)A Brief Account of Project Outputs:
Building Alliances with SE4All Key Stakeholders A number of meetings were held with decision-makers from the Government organizations and Civil Society organizations to advocate and lobby for the integration of GESI into national level policy-making and implementation processes. The team also attended at least six national-levelSE4All events. The objectives of the meetings and attendance at SE4All events were to introduce the project to SE4All stakeholders, and to support the integration of GESI into national energy policies and in the formulation of the SE4All national action plan and investment prospectus.
Additionally, a series of interaction programmes and coordination meetings were conducted at district level. District level interaction programmes have involved representatives from DDCs,VDCs and CSOs from Dhading, Kavrepalanchowk, Lalitpur, Khotang, Sindhuli and Udayapur districts. During key stakeholders’ survey, about 150 CSOs and 40key regional SE4All stakeholders acknowledged CRT/N & consortium’s efforts for their improved understanding of GESI issues in relation to energy systems.
Awareness Campaigns at the National and Sub National Levels
Communication tools and strategies have been developed to support district and community level advocacy and lobbying activities for clean and gender inclusive energy technologies. Awareness campaign strategies were developed in consultation with key stakeholders. For mass awareness programs, a street drama has been scripted and so far, executed by local actors in five different locations of Udayapur (3) and Kavrepalanchowk (1), Lalitpur (1) districts. Four posters and two handers have been developed to support mass awareness programs.
School-level Awareness Programs
Recognizing the role of education systems and school community in disseminating knowledge and information relevant to public interest, schools have been identified as potential avenues to conduct awareness programmes. Therefore, 30 teachers from 20 different schools in Lalitpur and Udayapur have been capacitated through training of teachers (ToTs) programmes on RETs’s role in women empowerment, socioeconomic and environmental development. A school-level awareness program was conducted in nine different schools of five districts: Lalitpur (2),Khotang (1), Udayapur (3), Dhading (2) and Kavre(1) districts.
Media Products, Case Studies and Policy Briefs
Altogether, at least 35 different media products have been developed to raise awareness among general public about energy and its impact on women empowerment. These include posters, flipchart, wall hangers, radio PSAs and video communications. The PSAs have been aired in various local radio stations. A series of interactions were conducted with Improved Cookstove entrepreneur strained under the WEE-Nepal project in Khotang and Udayapur districts. Based on the current energy situations of the country, four policy briefs have been developed.
Capacity Development of Key Stakeholders
Two media sensitization programmes were conducted with an objective to improve understanding of media groups about the role of energy policies and programs in gender and social inclusion. In overall 38 media persons were sensitized during the programs.