Green Technology & Energy

Research suggests that women, especially those in decision-making roles, tend to favor environmentally-conscious and eco-friendly policies. The surge of innovation in green technology and energy-related products, along with the emergence of a green job sector, provides new opportunities for advancing economic growth, gender parity and pay equity. The development of green technology demonstrates the overlapping nature of environmental, economic and gender issues. Renewable energy and eco-friendly fuels, such as solar cookers, have significant potential to reduce the burdens of the rural poor, particularly women, and lift communities out of poverty. Policymakers need to ensure that women are provided with equal opportunities to benefit from the emerging green technology sector.

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VIOLENCE FORUM: Beyond Firewood

December 19, 2008 posted by Shyama Venkateswar

An op-ed just came across our desk that we wanted to share, as part of this week's Violence Forum here at TRD.  In a Boston Globe op-ed this week, Liv Ullmann, reminds us of the violence suffered by refugees in Darfur, Nepal, and Kenya.  Writes Ullmann:

For thousands of these impoverished women and girls, gathering firewood is more than a vital chore - it is often a matter of life and death. By doing what many of us achieve by simply turning on a stove, refugee women and girls regularly fall victim to rape, assault, theft, exploitation, and even murder... It's high time we get "beyond firewood" and explore alternative fuels and cutting-edge energy technologies, such as clean-burning fuels, fuel-efficient stoves, and solar cookers, Ullmann says.  We need to reduce women’s vulnerability to violence by investing in alternative sources of fuel that do not require women to travel long distances to collect firewood. 


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