Gender Strategy

EnDev acknowledges that gender roles allocate different tasks and responsibilities to men and women which, in turn, imply differentiated needs, including energy needs. Women’s energy needs can be categorized in three main groups: Practical needs (reproductive, care and household work), Productive needs (income generation and increase, productivity increase), and Strategic needs (economic, social, political empowerment, improving women’s position in the household, the community and the society).

Since 2016, EnDev is carrying out activities that are built, organized and informed by a gender-based approach, which seek to actively involve women in EnDev’s different technical areas of action to better support the satisfaction of their different energy needs.

Estrategia de Género

To this end, EnDev is implementing a concrete and measurable Gender Strategy in its advocacy areas:

  • Strengthening the economic and productive capacities and skills of rural women (productive needs).
  • Sustained and permanent support in the fight for non-violence against women (Strategic needs).
  • Technical training processes that support the transformation of work roles traditionally assigned to women. This includes:
    1. empowerment and leadership skills
    2. financial counselling
    3. strengthening of entrepreneurial capacities (Productive and Strategic needs).
  • Advocacy with partners and allied institutions to position and raise awareness of gender issues (strategic needs).

Access to energy itself seeks to satisfy practical needs, and is the gateway to satisfying other types of needs.

Gender indicators for EnDev Bolivia

The share of women-led businesses empowered to make investment decisions for needs-based, climate-friendly energy supply for household or productive use.
Number of women enterprises accessing loans from the Women's Fund.
The share of additional equipment designed in alliance between women entrepreneurs and PU equipment providers in needs-based, climate-friendly energy supply systems for productive use.
Number of cooperatives that include messaging and hotline number for denouncing male violence in electric bills.
Number of supported producers’ associations with female leadership.