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|| Policy Brief 12 Global Progress of SDG 7 - Energy and Gender
|| SEforAll, IEA and Energia
| Published in:
|| December 2018
|| Status of gender and energy and progress towards achieving SDGs
- Over 1 billion people in the world lack access to electricity, and close to 3 billion lack access to clean cooking.
*Women bear the greatest burden of this energy poverty—it is their unpaid time and labour that is expended to gather biomass fuels for cooking,
collect water or manually process grains and other foods. Household air pollution, linked to burning fuels such as wood, animal
waste and charcoal, is responsible for about 2.8 million deaths every year, mostly among women and children.
- Greater access to energy services can improve women’s health and well-being, free up their time and enable their economic
empowerment, thereby supporting the achievement of SDG 5.
- While some countries and regions are on track to achieve electricity for all, under current policies and trends, 2.3 billion people will
still lack access to clean-cooking facilities in 2030. In recent years, going beyond their traditional role as “users” and “beneficiaries,”
women are playing a role in expanding energy access, thereby becoming part of the solution. A number of actors have started
working on the intersection of gender, energy and sustainable development, and in advancing gender equality, social inclusion
and women’s empowerment in the energy sector.
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