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    Women key to universal energy access - Expert

    APA-Dakar (Senegal)

    The contribution of women is essential to making universal access to energy a tangible reality, the Country Director of Energy 4 Impact, an expert in renewable energy, Louis Seck told journalists in Dakar on Friday.

    “Today, it is proven that the participation of women is key" Mr. Seck, a former Minister of Renewable Energies in Senegal emphasized.

    He was speaking at the end of an evaluation workshop on the theme "Gender and Energy" initiated by the NGO Energy 4 Impact.

    Mr. Seck observed that despite efforts to improve energy policies in Senegal, gender equality in the sector remains elusive.

    "That is why we want to ensure that women who make up the majority of the Senegalese population and energy consumers, through their income generating activities, can build strong advocacy networks in order to be considered when drafting the sectoral policy letter for 2018. This requires the integration of well-formulated objectives on gender in national action plans and that stakeholder intervention contributes to women's empowerment and job creation” he suggested.

    According to the NGO Energy 4 Impact, 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity while 2.7 billion use biomass.


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