Dorothy-Grace M. Guerrero shared on the need for a gendered perspective on energy justice. She discussed her work with WoMin — African Women Unite Against Destructive Resource Extraction. A few things you will find in the interview (12.5 minutes long):
1. Why women accessing energy for themselves and their families is seen as a “labour of love” as opposed to a valid economic activity and what this means for energy access;understanding the development process (and imperialism) in order to change and fight the current energy system;
2. Understanding the development process (and imperialism) in order to change and fight the current energy system;
3. The rise of the far right — and what this means for our work in energy democracy.
Schemes for energy access – for who?
In Women Building Power, WoMin discuss three different approaches to women’s energy poverty.
In the Welfare approach, governments subsidise fuel to ease the burden of energy poverty.
In the Women entrepreneurs approach, organisations provide loans and trainings to help small renewable energy and ‘appropriate technology’ businesses start up.
And the Energy transformation approach (WoMin’s own) advocates for a system transformation and “says African women must make their expertise and their voices heard”. (For more detail, see the WoMin’s Energy: a Women’s Rights Issue booklet.)
The webinar featured contributions from:
M’Lisa Lee Colbert, researcher (Canada)
To Fight Energy Poverty, Africa Embraces Both Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy (thinking about the fight for renewables, and who is and isn’t part of that fight)
To continue the Democratising Energy Peer Learning Course:
- Session 6: Technology for the energy transition