Sally Bolton
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 14:44

By Sally Bolton
Communications Advisor

ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH ENERGY ACCESS IN INDONESIA AND BEYOND

Kopernik is proud to partner with the ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy (ENERGIA) on a new advocacy program to place women front and centre in Indonesia’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) agenda. This program will shine a light on Kopernik’s ‘wonder women’ clean energy micro-social-entrepreneurs in eastern Indonesia, and show that women, when empowered, are vital to facilitating energy access where it is needed the most.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY FOR ALL

SE4All is a global UN initiative supporting a broad-based transformation of the world’s energy systems, to build a more prosperous, healthier, cleaner and safer world for this and future generations.

SE4All mobilises worldwide action in support of three interlinked objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  1. Providing universal access to modern energy services;
  2. Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency; and
  3. Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

GENDER & ENERGY ADVOCACY IN INDONESIA

Kopernik’s advocacy efforts will encourage the Indonesian government and donors to allocate investments to energy programs in Indonesia which are gender-informed, through three intervention areas:

  1. Integrating gender objectives and actions in Indonesia’s SE4All Country Action Agenda and investment prospectus,
  2. Running a national campaign on women’s economic empowerment through energy access, and
  3. Showcasing the results of Kopernik’s Wonder Women Eastern Indonesia women’s economic empowerment program in SE4All regional and global outreach.

Kopernik will engage closely with SE4All contact points in the national government, private sector, and civil society to achieve these advocacy goals.

GENDER & ENERGY ADVOCACY AROUND THE WORLD

Indonesia is one of five countries of focus for ENERGIA’s Gender and Energy Advocacy Program, which will also facilitate national SE4All engagement in Kenya, Nepal, Senegal and Tanzania.

The program is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Dutch Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) and the Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos).

The program, which will run from 2015 – 2017, is complementary to ENERGIA’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Program, which supports women-led micro- and small businesses delivering energy products and services to more than two million consumers by 2017.

The UN has declared 2014-2024 the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), and dedicated the first two years of this decade to a global campaign on energy, women, children and health, underscoring the importance of the impact of access to energy on women and girls.