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Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF)

General Description

WECF is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation and member of an international network of over 150 women’s, health and environmental partner organisations advancing women’s rights and sustainable development in the areas of energy, climate, health and water in over 50 countries. WECF operates with branches in France, Germany, NL, Switzerland and Georgia. By striving for a just and sustainable world, WECF’s team has gained management, consulting and policy advocacy expertise – WECF designs, implements and monitors holistic solutions on the ground while influencing local, national and international policies. WECF participates in the negotiations of UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol, UNEP GC and CSD, is co-founder and core member of the Women and Gender Constituency, is involved in climate and energy policy processes (EU Climate, EU Energy), works closely with CAN Europe and the EEB (European Environmental Bureau), CAN EECCA (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia) as well as with national and local (non-) governmental bodies and communities. While advocating ambitious and fair policies and effective gender mainstreaming, our projects on the ground directly support the most vulnerable, particularly women. The energy projects promote participation in and access to decentralised renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions with the aim to combat (energy) poverty, improve health, push democratic processes and empower local people, particularly women to become energy leaders. This has been achieved with energy and gender trainings, energy and gender advisory services as well as gender mainstreaming in energy infrastructure and policies. Energy cooperative and citizen’s projects has been realised in Germany, Belgium, Caucasus, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Uganda and Morocco.

Role in the project

WECF will lead the Task 5.5. “Gender based analysis”, and, in general will contribute to ENTRANCES through aspects including in-depth understanding of men and women’s needs, social roles, behaviour and attitudes for the energy transition. It will carefully address gender dimension with various forms of social innovation, such as energy cooperatives, energy prosumers, new business and service models, studying gender differences in energy access, the energy labour market, energy-related education, existing energy programs and in decision-making. WECF will be involved in planning and implementation of all project measures in a gender sensitive way: including gender impact assessment for activities, gender trainings, gender indicators and budgeting. Gender-instruments such as gender-budget, leadership trainings for women, and quota will be devised to ensure a gender inclusive and just approach.