Renewable Energy as Income Generation for Women

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Balakrishnan, Lalita. 2000. “Renewable Energy as Income Generation for Women.” Renewable Energy 19 (1): 319–24.

Author: Lalita Balakrishnan

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Summary:
“The promotion of large scale use of renewable energy and the propagation of the concept of sustainable development have been recognised as necessary pre-requisites for improving the quality of life of developing countries, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region, and India has been a pioneer in this worthwhile effort. Energy problems in this region have almost always been linked with socio-economic realities that men and women living in rural areas have to encounter everyday in their lives. To improve the status of women, it has been acknowledged that they need to be helped in acquiring economic independence. Before they can undertake remunerative activities, which will help to improve their economic independence, and also enhance their prestige in the family and their social groups, the drudgery of household chores that they face always has to be reduced considerably, if not eliminated. Towards attaining this objective, the introduction of various renewable energy devices is seen as an important input, apart from its being a solution to problems like deforestation, health-hazards, smoke-related diseases and drudgery resulting from domestic work” (Balakrishnan 2000, 319).

Topics: Economies, Poverty, Environment, Gender, Women, Health, Households, Infrastructure, Energy Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: India

Year: 2000

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