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Appliances Empower

A Campaign to Advance Gender Equality and Inclusion Through Energy-Efficient Appliances

Women shoulder a disproportionate share of the energy poverty burden. Around the world women and girls are expected to complete time- and labour intensive activities. Firewood gathering, water collection and manual grain processing often preventing women and girls from pursuing an education or other income-generating activities.

Greater access to energy-efficient off-grid appliances and modern energy services can improve a woman’s health, well-being, social, and economic status. In this way, United Nations Sustainable Development Goal SDG 7 (“Affordable and Clean Energy”) and SDG 5 (“Gender Equality”) are inextricably linked: achieving one goal will advance the other.

Appliances Empower is a global campaign to develop deep linkages between energy access, gender equality, and social inclusion. From 4 November 2019 to 31 March 2020, the Appliances Empower campaign will centre women in global energy access by connecting high-performing, energy-efficient appliances and SDG 7 to SDG 5.

Appliances Empower will take an interdisciplinary approach, connecting SDG 5 and SDG 7 to SDG 1 (No Poverty), SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-being), SDG 4 (Quality Education) and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities). Each month, the Appliances Empower campaign will spotlight one of the above SDGs, allowing us to dive deep into specific appliance technologies and their impacts.

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2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the historic Beijing Platform for Action, the first comprehensive blueprint to establish gender mainstreaming as an integrated practice in policy and decision-making. The Appliances Empower campaign will ask our community to reaffirm its commitment to female empowerment by pledging to adopt gender mainstreaming policies or continue/deepen the practice in their operations.

We invite campaign partners to sign our pledge and participate in a social media thunderclap on 9 March 2020, the first day of the 64th session on the Commission on the Status of Women. Check back in for more details!

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