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India: Grandmothers electrify rural communities

“Turning grandmothers into solar engineers is one of Sanjit “Bunker” Roy’s favorite jobs.

Roy is the social entrepreneur and founder of the Barefoot College and has been championing a bottom-up approach to education and empowering rural poor since 1972.”

My favorite quote from Bunker: “[W]hy not invest in women, older women, mature women, gutsy women who have roots in the village and train them?”

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March 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm 1 comment

India’s Plan for Gender and Climate Change

Bravo to the Government of India for recognizing that climate change may affect men and women in different ways – and making gender sensitivity a central element of its energy strategy.

From the National Action Plan on Climate Change:

“The impacts of climate change could prove particularly severe for women.  With climate change, there would be an increasing scarcity of water, reduction of yields in forest biomass, and increased risks to human health for children, women and the elderly in a household becoming the most vulnerable.  With the possibility of decline in the availability of foodgrains, the threat of malnutrition may also increase.  All these would add to deprivations that many women already encounter and so in each of the Adaptation programmes, special attention should be paid to the aspect of gender.”
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January 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm 1 comment

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