15 Women Who Care About Clean Cooking
March 8 is International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the social, political, and economic achievements of women and girls. This year’s celebration comes during a period of unprecedented global efforts to achieve gender equality and advance women’s empowerment. Yet significant challenges remain that are preventing women and girls from reaching their fullest potential. One of those challenges is cooking.
More than three billion people rely on heavily polluting open fires and solid fuels for cooking, leading to more than two million preventable deaths every year. Breathing in large amounts of toxic cooking smoke causes women and children to suffer fatal illnesses, including respiratory infections, pneumonia, cardiovascular disease, and lung cancer. Women and girls can spend up to five hours per day collecting fuel for cooking, time that could be better spent on getting an education, earning an income, resting, or caring for their families.
The good news is, clean cooking champions around the world are working to address this issue. In honor of International Women’s Day, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is proud to spotlight 15 high-profile women who support improving the health and lives of girls and women through clean cooking.