This project will increase women’s engagement in the energy sector (such as renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives) by strengthening the effectiveness of the Pacific Energy and Gender (PEG) Network, a network dedicated to raising awareness on gender mainstreaming in the energy sector across Pacific island countries (PIC). The beneficiary of the project is the PEG Network, and the implementers are Econoler in association with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The project is scheduled to be implemented between October 2019 and November 2020.
The project will provide technical support to The Pacific Community (SPC), which is a regional-based organization in the Pacific, to lead consultations with regional partners in the Pacific to support the development of the 2020-2030 Pacific Energy and Gender Strategic Action Plan (PEGSAP). The expected results from this project include:
- Increased awareness of the challenges, opportunities and potential solutions to increase women’s economic empowerment in the energy sector across the Pacific region;
- Increased knowledge and understanding within SPC and participating national governments of how to address women’s economic empowerment issues in the energy sector;
- Increased number of tools available to SPC and participating national governments to implement the revised Pacific Energy and Gender Network Strategic Action Plan (PEG SAP);
- Qualitative improvements in the original PEG SAP for 2020-2030.
Problem being addressed by CTIF
Since 2015 the PEG Network has been inactive mainly due to financial constraints, and no specific work on gender and energy is being undertaken at a regional level. This is a concern since gender equality remains largely rhetorical for many women in the Pacific, where women’s economic inclusion continues to remain a challenge. This CTIF project will contribute to re-activate the PEG Network and strengthen its ability to fulfil its mandate.
Policy issues being addressed by CTIF
The project will address the following regional policies:
- The Pacific Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration 2012
- The Pacific Platform for Project on Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights 2018–2030;
- The Framework on Energy Security in the Pacific 2010-2020;
- The Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific 2017-2030;
- The Pacific Community’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
The project will contribute to achieving positive development outcomes by advocating for gender equality, promoting education and career opportunities for women and improving women’s access to financial services.