Renewable Energy as Income Generation for Women


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

Author: Lalita Balakrishnan


“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

© 2023 CONSORTIUM ON GENDER, SECURITY & HUMAN RIGHTSLEGAL STATEMENT All photographs used on this site, and any materials posted on it, are the property of their respective owners, and are used by permission. Photographs: The images used on the site may not be downloaded, used, or reproduced in any way without the permission of the owner of the image. Materials: Visitors to the site are welcome to peruse the materials posted for their own research or for educational purposes. These materials, whether the property of the Consortium or of another, may only be reproduced with the permission of the owner of the material. This website contains copyrighted materials. The Consortium believes that any use of copyrighted material on this site is both permissive and in accordance with the Fair Use doctrine of 17 U.S.C. § 107. If, however, you believe that your intellectual property rights have been violated, please contact the Consortium at