Gender equity and renewable energies

Joy Clancy*, Sheila Oparaocha, Ulrike Röhr

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Review of Technologies, Policies and Markets
EditorsDirk Assmann
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781849772341
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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