Training on Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Womenâs Empowerment
In Nairobi, the Alliance recently hosted the first in a series of trainings on the Alliance’s new resource guide entitled Scaling Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions through Women’s Empowerment. The Resource Guide is meant for a wide variety of sector stakeholders – including practitioners, donors, policymakers, private sector players, investors, and academics – to increase their understanding of why the inclusion of women is critical to scaling up adoption, how to ensure women are included in the clean cooking value chain , and how to best address gender issues in their cooking energy projects and businesses.
Over 45 participants, including representatives from the private sector, civil society, government, and academia, attended the day-long training to:
- understand how to use the Resource Guide and access the tools online;
- develop concrete actions that they can apply immediately and in the long term in their work;
- network with people and learn about organizations that can share best practices and serve as a resource on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment; and
- better comprehend basic gender terms and concepts.
During the training, participants explored critical gender concepts and empowerment issues in each segment of the clean cooking value chain.
These leaders, from organizations featured in the guide as best practice case studies, shared learnings and best practices and modeled activities that could be replicated in Kenya. The presenters included:
- Lydia Muchiri, ENERGIA & Practical Action
- Mabel Isolio, ENERGIA
- Hannah Wanjiru, Practical Action
- Nele Groosman, The Paradigm Project
- Mary Alice Onyura, ESVAK
- Amanda West, EcoZoom
- Phyllis Kariuki, GVEP International
- Martina Mutunga, GVEP International
Photo credit: Jen Tweddell