Global Trends Impacting Gender Equality in Energy Access


Pearl-Martinez, Rebecca. 2020. “Global Trends Impacting Gender Equality in Energy Access.” IDS Bulletin 51 (1): 7–26.

Author: Rebecca Pearl-Martinez


Achieving a just and equitable transition to a sustainable energy system will rest on efforts to address gender inequality. Women in developing countries are impacted by energy poverty in far greater numbers than men, and they do not have the same opportunities as men to take advantage of emerging opportunities that can help deliver energy access for marginalised populations. This article, geared to policymakers, brings attention to six global trends – decentralisation of energy services, affordability, mobile payments, women’s entrepreneurship, urbanisation, and humanitarian settings. Achieving energy access for all, as called for under Sustainable Development Goal 7, will require attention to the ways in which these trends drive or hamper gender equality in energy access.

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

Year: 2020

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