Date: May 6th 2022 (07:30 – 08:30 EDT)
Description: The 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals took place from 5 to 6 May 2022.
The Gender and Energy Compact led a side event during this Forum, which discussed the challenges as well as opportunities of women and girls in the men-dominated energy sector and the role of STEM education for women and girls. It also explored how multi-stakeholder platforms such as the Gender and Energy Compact can leverage cooperation on science, technology and innovation to achieve a gender-responsive sustainable energy transition.
The session was opened with welcome remarks from Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, Director, Office for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UNIDO. After the welcome remarks, Dr. Magi Matinga, Senior Technical Advisor, ENERGIA, was invited to set the scene and explain to the audience what the Gender and Energy Compact is.
The session also included a panel moderated by Leena Srivastava, Deputy Director General for Science, IIASA, with the following speakers:
- Sadikshya Aryal, Co-Founder/Managing Director at Himalayan Innovations
- Dr. Victoria Plutshack, Senior Policy Associate, The James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke University
- Leanne Williams, Lead Policy Analyst: Environment and Agriculture, World Biogas Association
The Gender and Energy Compact was launched by UNIDO, ENERGIA and GWNET. Canada, Ecuador, Iceland, Kenya, Nepal, Sida/Sweden and US/PowerAfrica and more than 55 partners from civil society, academia, youth, financial sector, private sector, and international organizations joined under the same overall objective: To promote a just, inclusive, gender-responsive and climate resilient energy transition. This includes access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for women to reduce women’s burden, free up their time and protect women’s health.