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Sparking change: clean energy and women’s empowerment

June 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Energy is an undeniable requirement for sustainable development. Poverty reduction is powered, literally, through the light students study by at night, the equipment used in healthcare facilities, and the energy required to run businesses. But worldwide 2.8 billion people do not have access to modern energy services, and 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity or liquid fuels. Women and girls, who are often the primary household energy managers, are particularly impacted by energy poverty. It is estimated that over 1.5 billion woman-hours a year are spent collecting unsustainable fuel sources, with negative consequences for women’s livelihoods and well-being, household health, environmental sustainability, and climate.

The growing renewable energy sector has an important role to play in providing universal access to energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and addressing the gender dynamics of energy poverty. Around the world, technologies ranging from the simplest solar lamp for home use to large renewable energy parks are being developed, all with the ability to transform the energy poverty story and support clean, sustainable growth that builds climate resilience and contributes to women’s economic and social empowerment.

On June 18, 2018, join Aga Khan Foundation Canada for a roundtable on clean energy and women’s empowerment. This roundtable will explore ways to support clean energy as a catalyst for economic growth and women’s empowerment, and discuss how to address the challenges, risks, and barriers presented by growth in this sector.

June 18, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Registration and light refreshments at 8:30 AM

Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON

Space is limited for this event. Please register your interest in attending by emailing [email protected].

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June 18, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat
199 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1N 1K6 Canada
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Aga Khan Foundation Canada