Moldova Energy and Biomass Project empowers women in the green energy market development

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Starting with 2013, UNDP Moldova within the Moldova Energy and Biomass Project is implementing the provisions of the “Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan”, elaborated as result of the in-depth analysis of the project’s gender equity through the gender perspective. Below, are some of the key results in 2016 with regards to the promotion of gender equality and mainstreaming gender in project activities.

  1. New jobs for women from rural areas created as result of biomass heating projects’ implementation

With the increasing demand for biomass fuel from the rural public institutions heated with biomass, the local fuel suppliers had to add up new staff. As result, out of 147 newly created jobs 18 women have been granted employment by the respective operations. Taking into consideration the specifics of the biomass production process, most of these women are employed as accounts and /or operation managers.

  1. Demonstrated efforts engage women and young girls in the educational activities

At least 50% of young people, participants of the Summer Camp “Energel” are young girls from rural communities. The Summer Camp Statute and selection criteria emphasis gender equality as mandatory. The same criteria are applied for all capacity building activities: trainings and workshops, study visit, documentation visits, etc.

 

  1. Active participation of women in decision making structures at community and national level continuously fostered

The rate of women participation in the Community Project Committees – key decision making body at community level, continued to be high in 2017. 72% of total members of these committees are women. Women and men worked hand in hand in the preparation of project proposals for MEBP funding, and managed to raise more than 1 million MDL as communities’ contribution (in kind, works and monetary) to EU investments in biomass heating projects.

  1. Improved heating comfort benefited employees of schools and kindergartens,  children, and indirectly their parents/care-takers as follows ( consequence of the biomass systems installed in the first and second project phase)
  • 4,273 girls (59%) out of 7227 children attending the schools, kindergartens, and rural community centres connected to biomass heating systems in 2017 were able to attend classes full time, breathe cleaner air and catch fewer colds due to warmer classrooms at all time, as results of affordable biomass heating solution achieved as result of MEBP support;
  • 1313 women (70%) out of 1876 employees of the schools, kindergartens heated with biomass are enjoying better working conditions due to warmers classrooms and cleaner environments;
  • 3,867 women (65%) out of 5,949, mothers of children or/and their care takers sending their children attend school and kindergarten classes full time are able to cater better for their needs regarding education and full-time employment, contributing in such a way to an overall increase in the household income.