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DEI Online Seminar Series: Gender inclusion in the energy policies: What are we missing?
This seminar is free to attend and open to all. To register visit EventBrite.
Gender, in energy policies and projects, has been conspicuously limited and historically energy policies have been ‘gender-blind’ devoid of recognizing the differentiated impacts of energy (or the lack of it) on gender.
The objectives of the policies implicitly assume the intended benefits will trickle down to all irrespective of gender. While a well-structured gender mainstreaming framework remains largely absent in the energy policy domain, unfortunately the few attempts to well-structured gender-inclusion in programmes also fail in converting the gender elements or mainstreaming provisions into effective results on the ground.
Translating policy to practice requires a robust mechanism to monitor implementation, investment, track progress on gendered targets and their expected outcomes, document opportunities and challenges and formalize processes where these aspects can be ploughed back into the policy making regime. The problem, hence, does not entirely rest on the non-inclusion of gender elements in policy making, rather its conversion into gender-responsive outcomes and impacts.
Indeed, it is time for the development community to enhance the processes that translate gender inclusive objectives into results than merely advocating for more gender- responsive policies.
Mini Govindan has a Ph.D degree in Development Studies from Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India. She has over 15 years of professional experience during which she has served as a social and/or gender expert in various projects related to specific theme of gender, energy, climate change and sustainable development.
Through her capacity she has worked extensively in several states of the country and delivered numerous stakeholder assessments, community engagement and mobilization, gender mainstreaming, as well as led many scoping and consultation sessions. Dr. Govindan is experienced in working with multi-level and cross-sectoral stakeholder groups extending from local communities to decision makers.
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