[VIDEO] Including Women and the Poor in Electrification—ENERGIA
Electricity is not gender-neutral: gaps in access to electricity infrastructure and services disproportionately affect women. At the same time, women must have a voice in setting priorities for the design and operation of infrastructure if it is to have the desired impact. The reality is that the energy industry remains one of the most gender imbalanced sectors, with women making up just 20 percent of the workforce.
In recent years, there have been some efforts at mainstreaming gender considerations in utilities, electricity, water and other infrastructure services. The Nepal Electricity Authority, with support from the Asian Development Bank and ENERGIA: the International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy, has started systematically integrating gender as well as other social inequities into its processes and operations.
This session will share NEA’s journey thus far, sharing the process: how this is being done, in which areas, what are the expected outcomes. It will also highlight some of the other regional efforts and draw lessons from the NEA experience for other utilities.
Moderator: Soma Dutta
Consultant on Energy, Poverty, and Gender, ENERGIA
- Francesco Tornieri, Principal Social Development Specialist - Portfolio, Results and Quality Control Unit, Office of the Director General, South Asia Department, Asia Development Bank
- Pushkar Manandhar, Senior Project Officer (Energy), Nepal Resident Mission (NRM), Asian Development Bank
- Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority