Capacity building program for gender equality and women empowerment and leadership in RHC sector 

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WECF has developed a detailed program for gender mainstreaming the renewable heating and cooling (RHC) and renewable energies (RES) sector!

Find the W4RES capacity building program for gender mainstreaming and women empowerment and leadership here.

This capacity building program will take you through twelve modules. Each modules can be used individually, depending on the needs of the workplaces and the gender mainstreaming objectives set. All toolkits and other annexes mentioned are available in the annexes of the W4RES capacity building program for women empowerment in RHC sector (training-of-trainer (ToT) version) (link here). A set of recommendations on how to use and implement this program is provided as a final part of this document.

The capacity building program is part of several solutions, that W4RES project offers to strenghten gender equality and women empowerment and leadership in the renewable heating and cooling sector.

The capacity building program has been built around two formats. First, a seminar program (mentioned above) with a regional focus in W4RES’ eight partner countries. Second, a series of webinars organised by WECF and ECWT, with an international focus (link here) to open the expertise of W4RES partners on gender mainstreaming to a broader audience.

The seminars program aims to strengthen the capacities of the business sector and to decision-makers in the eight partner countries, on gender mainstreaming and women empowerment in the RHC sector.

It has been developed by WECF for W4RES Regional Hubs as training-of-trainers. WECF has conducted a two half days ToT in May 2022 for W4RES 8 Regional Hubs. Hereafter, the Regional Hubs have the gender knowledge and tools to facilitate and conduct such capacity building program on gender mainstreaming in their respective countries.

The program has been developed based on existing materials from WECF, as well as the selected gender tools, adapted by WECF to the renewable heating and cooling sector and other reports on gender and renewable energy topics. The seminars’ program has been built around a progressive capacity building program, starting with awareness-raising lectures on the nexus between gender and energy, followed by an introduction to practical tools and finally a demonstration of what can be achieved by applying the newly introduced tools. Along the program, participants are invited to practice the tools of their choice. Furthermore, we asked energy experts from different backgrounds (energy community, energy consultant, research) to bring their expertise and experience to our program. In the following, participants are given the opportunity to practice the first steps of a Gender Action Plan for their sector. At the end of the seminar, participants receive a training package, ensuring the dissemination and the sustainability of the program. This package contains a step-by-step toolkit on “How to build a gender responsive energy private sector”, providing guidelines and examples of implementation for each tool introduced and practiced during the seminar. The gender-responsive communication toolkit (link here) is a set of two-sided postcards (download them here), containing key message graphics on the front side and an explanative part on the backside. Users are invited to keep this communication toolkit closely to apply gender-just communication in their daily work. In addition, a gender glossary, providing a range of gender terms and definitions to remove barriers and insecurity in gender vocabulary employment is given.

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