Gender Mainstreaming Training for Energy Project Implementers
The Gender Energy Network of Botswana (GENBO) conducted a four day training workshop from 6 to 9 September 2010 entitled “Mainstreaming Gender Concerns into Energy Projects”. The objective of the training was to equip and strengthen the capacity and expertise of project developers, managers, planners, implementers, electricians, private consultants and academics to mainstream gender into the design and implementation of energy projects, activities and research.
Gender Mainstreaming into Rural Electrification in Botswana
The Botswana Power Company (BPC) responded to a call for proposals by ENERGIA for programs geared towards mainstreaming gender into energy projects and programs. BPC then embarked on a gender mainstreaming project for the national rural electrification program (grid and off grid). The aim of the gender mainstreaming project is to ensure that the energy needs of both women and men are taken into account during planning and implementation. The main goal of the joint project is the creation of a Gender Action Plan for BPC for the years 2010-2015.
Strengthening Gender and Energy Networking in Botswana
In 2003 ENERGIA assisted in the creation of the Gender and Energy Network of Botswana (GENBO). In 2010 Energia seed funded a project to strengthen the network and partnered with Botswana Technology Centre (BOTEC) to implement the project. The main activities within the project time frame included recruitment of new member; a workshop on gender and energy issues; and the writing of two research papers.
Established in 2000, ENERGIA Africa is a network of men and women whose common goal is to create equal opportunity and access to relevant energy resources for the poor.