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?