From Rajasthan to Mexico: why gender matters at the heart of the energy transition

An article by Costanza Burstin, Mouna Chambon, Morgane Ollier and Cécile Spanu

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The Beam
Aug 26, 2019 · 10 min read
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Saira collecting firewood for the stove in Modiya, Rajasthan — © Costanza Burstin

Rajasthan: a story of women, energy and firewood

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Women collecting firewood in Gajner, Rajasthan — © Costanza Burstin

“Women, having to carry excessive loads of wood over long distance every day, are at risk to develop serious postural, musculoskeletal and genital problems.”

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Saira cooking with chula — © Costanza Burstin

Mexico: water grabbing for energy transition and its consequences on indigenous communities

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Chiapas Community’s river — © Cécile Spanu

“Indigenous women, because of gendered roles and the traditional labour division, continue to bear the cost of ongoing contact with soiled water, and scarce access to running water threatens their basic life requirements.”

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Woman washing family’s clothes in the river with her children — © Cécile Spanu

The response to the changing climate threats has posed new social challenges. On the one hand, women need to be equally considered in the transition to clean energies, as leaders of change. But they must also be recognised as empowered individuals, bringing crucial knowledge needed in these times of crisis. In short, addressing energy poverty globally implies a true gender-based energy transition.



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