Gender Justice in the Energy Transition Era: Exploring Gender and Technology in the Extractives Sector


Lugonzo, Alaka, and Kennedy Chege. 2020. “Gender Justice in the Energy Transition Era: Exploring Gender and Technology in the Extractives Sector.” In Energy Transitions and the Future of the African Energy Sector, edited by Victoria R. Nalulue, 371-96. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Authors: Alaka Lugonzo, Kennedy Chege


The world of technology is transitioning fast as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (‘the 4IR’). The digital revolution is not only making fundamental changes to how we live, but it is also having a profound impact on how we conduct business. The global market is adapting to new trends and faster turnaround times, and all sectors, including the energy and extractives sector (oil and gas, and mining sectors), will be forced to adapt to the transition. This change aligns with the clean energy developments and the global move to transition to a low-carbon economy which is characterized by technological advancements. The world is gradually discovering new things to do with technology, as its potential is beginning to be embraced. The present COVID-19 pandemic, for example, has altered the way we use technology, with many people spending more time online, thus creating the impetus to fast track the implementation of the 4IR. These changes will affect gender inclusivity and the future of work. Apart from the above issues, this chapter examines: why it is essential to include women in the workforce and along the different value chains, the need for automation in the extractives sector and how it will affect how we work. Lastly, the proposed solutions to address the challenges of gender disparity and promote inclusivity in the energy and extractives sector will be explored from the perspectives of the different role players in this sector, i.e. the public sector/governments; the private sector, including business entities; and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s). (Summary from original source)

Topics: Economies, Gender, Women, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, Infrastructure, Energy

Year: 2020

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