Women and Cooking Energy


Batliwala, Srilatha. 1983. “Women and Cooking Energy.” Economic and Political Weekly 18 (52/53): 2227–30.

Author: Srilatha Batliwala


This paper discusses the impact of the cooking energy system on women. A woman in poverty has low access to cooking fuel, spends the longest time obtaining it, and puts it to use in stoves which are not only fuel-inefficient, but which also subject her to serious or fatal disease. Cooking energy also increasingly determines a woman's nutrition level, and that of her family. 

It is, therefore, essential that all innovations in the cooking energy system be undertaken only in continuous interaction with the women whose lives they will most affect. This interaction must be initiated at the idea/conceptual stage, and not when the prototype is ready for testing.

Topics: Economies, Poverty, Gender, Women, Health, Infrastructure, Energy

Year: 1983

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