Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy in Africa

Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy in Africa - partnership with UNEP and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

The Workshop on “Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy” (WESE) was held in Gabon on 13-14 June 2017 with the theme “Unlocking Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Energy”. This was held under the auspices of sixteenth African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN 16). The Workshop was attended by representatives from governments, non- government organizations, civil society, financiers, women entrepreneurs, multi-lateral agencies, private sectors, Regional Economic Communities (RECs). The organizers of the workshop were the Government of Gabon, the United Nations Environment Programnme (UN Environment) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iceland, United Nations University-Gender Equality Studies and Training (UNU-GEST), UN Women and Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).

The workshop was held back-to-back with the AMCEN-16 to bring to light the role that women can play across the energy value chain to expand economic opportunities and alleviate energy poverty. The workshop was aimed at identifying the main barriers and challenges that hinder the establishment growth and development of women entrepreneurs, including micro- to small and medium sized enterprises, serving the different markets, including last mile energy market. The convening of experts from 16 countries informed AMCEN-16’s key messages and recommendations for incorporation into the AMCEN outcome document. 

The outcomes of this workshop were presented to the African Ministers of Environment, and gender equality concerns were included in the 2017 AMCEN action agenda on gender and sustainable energy as well as the project pipeline of the UN Environment Africa Office in order to accelerate sustainable energy for all in Africa and in particular at the national level.

You can read the outcome statement of the workshop here.