The aim of this chapter is to explore the gender dimension of diﬀerent aspects of renewable energy in the North and South, in particular how renewable energies can contribute to gender equity so that both women and men beneﬁt fairly from access to energy services. The term ‘gender’ is used here deliberately rather than ‘sex’. The term ‘gender’ refers to socially constructed roles of women and men rather than biologically determined diﬀerences. These gender roles of men and women, with their accompanying responsibilities, constraints, opportunities and needs, are deﬁned by a particular society. Gender roles are learned by children as part of their socialization process. The roles change over time and vary widely within and across cultures. Men and women play diﬀerent roles in both Southern and Northern societies, although at ﬁrst glance the roles in the North may not be as clearly visible as they are in the South.
|Title of host publication||Renewable Energy|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Global Review of Technologies, Policies and Markets|
|Publisher||Routledge, Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|