Gender Module 1 - 2

Discussion and self-assessment questions

  • What is gender?
  • How many women are currently in your parliament?
  • Is there a women’s group or caucus?
  • In general, is gender high on your parliament’s agenda?
Gender and action on climate change
  • Why is it important to consider gender in policy-making or climate change? Can you think of examples from your country or constituency? What are some of the issues that should be (better) addressed?
  • Are you aware of any gender-specific legislation or action on climate change?
  • Have you been part of any initiatives in this regard?
Renewable energy policy
  • Does your country have strategy on renewable energy, clean energy transition or a sustainable development strategy in the energy sector?
  • If not, is such a strategy being discussed? What can the parliament do to establish stronger roadmaps, policies and targets for action on renewable energy?
Gender and energy policy

(a) Gender-sensitive energy planning

  • Do you know if women in your country and/or constituency are affected by insufficient access to clean energy? If so:
    • in what ways? (For instance with respect to their health, well-being, livelihoods?)
    • what steps is the Government taking to improve women's participation in energy planning in the country in general, and clean energy in particular?
  • Do you know the percentage of women-headed households in your country?
  • Does the government recognize and offer support to such households to meet their energy needs, given the specific challenges such households face in securing day-today supply of energy and in improving their livelihoods?
    • If so, what are the details of such support? Do they tie in with the country’s clean energy policy?
    • If not, what are the reasons?

(b) Promotion of women’s productive use of clean energy technology and services

  • Increased access to clean energy can significantly reduce the time devoted by women to domestic work and household maintenance. As a result, their participation in the work force (including agriculture but also opportunities to move beyond traditional jobs into micro-enterprise) would increase. Does your country recognise this as an opportunity for economic development?

(c) Promotion of women entrepreneurship in clean energy sector

  • Women-led entrepreneurship contributes to a better understanding of the demand for energy services and technologies, and to promotion of renewable energy and universal energy access. Are there currently any incentives available to women entrepreneurs?
  • Is your country part of the "Women's Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Energy" programme led by UN-Women and UNEP or other similar entrepreneurship programmes?