E&M

2020/3

Matteo Di Castelnuovo Virginia Allevi

Women and Energy as Drivers of Development

African women represent over 50 percent of the African population but contribute to generating only 33 percent of the continent's collective GDP. This is because they are mostly employed in the informal sector, in low-income work with very few protections and prospects for professional growth. In Africa, approximately 600 million people currently lack access to electricity and over 70 percent of the population does not use clean home cooking systems. Interventions and policies are thus needed for the energy sector that include and give greater consideration to the role of women in society.

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