Women, Energy and Water: The Effects of Gender and Culture on the Roles and Responsibilities of Women

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Authors & editors

Vammen, Katherine [Author]
Henry, Frances [Author]
Bernex, Nicole [Author]
Taboada Serrano, Patricia [Author]
Jimenez, Mario [Author]
Sequiera, Gustavo [Author]
Bazan, Tomas [Author]

Publisher Global Network of Academies of Sciences and Inter American Network of Academies of Sciences Press
Year of publication 2016 -

Medium Digital
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Arts, culture and heritage > The role of women
Economics & commerce > Sustainability and the environment


Scope & contentThis chapter (Chapter 4) on Women, Energy and Water focuses on women and their capacity to access, use and control water and energy resources.

It also explains how water and energy are two resources that are interlinked and should be managed on the basis of the synergies that benefit both in achieving a sustainable energy future and watershed management.

The crucial role of environmental management is seen in case studies in developing countries in Latin America and special emphasis has been placed on the role of rural women in the production and use of energy.

The health aspects of the incorrect use of energy sources such as charcoal and firewood for cooking on a global scale have been reviewed. This leads to a broad analysis of how energy availability is one of the main limitations on social and economic development and the importance of involving women in future management and planning for improving energy planning.

Divisions within this publication

  • 1: Summary
  • 2: Introduction
  • 3: Culture & gender
  • 4: Importance
  • 5: The link between energy & water
  • 6: Water for energy
  • 7: Energy for water
  • 8: Energy production limited by drought and competing users
  • 9: Conclusions, goal of energy and water program of IANAS
  • 10: Energy, water and gender - case study of Peru and the Andes region
  • 11: Role of women in energy production and use
  • 12: Technological advances in renewable energy with the greatest impact on the socioeconomic development of rural women
  • 13: Firewood Use in Latin America and its Effects on Health
  • 14: Gender as a Component in Energy Planning
  • 15: Summary & Conclusions


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