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Gender-just Energy System: Putting women at the forefront in the energy sector in West Africa

(Source: CTCN)

The United Nations’ Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is supporting 15 West African countries to build a Gender-just Energy System. The aim of this programme is to develop and harness the capacity of the region’s women and men to adopt a gender-responsive approach. Thus, the Gender-just Energy System seeks to enhance women’s role in the energy sector while combining solutions to both reduce carbon emissions and strengthen capacity to respond to climate change impacts.

These countries are the following: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

In response to the West African governments’ request, the CTCN is collaborating with the Economic Community of West African States Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Private Financing Advisory Network and Partners for Innovation to provide capacity building, investment promotion and business development in the region. In addition, women entrepreneurs will gain the necessary technical, financial, and other skills to be competitive as producers and suppliers in the energy sector.

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