GBV: How access to electricity is empowering women
Power Africa’s Nigeria programme has helped to electrify two centres in Lagos that are focused on protecting women against gender based violence (GBV). This came to light during a live discussion on linkages between GBV and energy, entitled: “GBV and Electricity: What’s Light Got To Do With It?” This broadcast forms part of the Africa Energy Forum’s Energy & Her series during the current Digital Energy Festival for Africa.
Melissa Basque Roux, a gender and energy specialist who runs the Energy to Equal gender programme at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), moderated the session: “We are thrilled to partner with Power Africa given our shared commitment to increase gender equality in the sector, supporting our partners through various initiatives, including designing gender policies, gender action plans as well as gender based violence (GBV) and harassment with mitigation tools.”
She states that addressing GBV is a topic that the IFC is taking very seriously. “In the private sector it is motivated by the need to prevent the physical, sexual, moral and financial harm GBV poses to individuals as well as the reputational, legal and financial risk it also causes to businesses and investors.” Anyone can be a victim
An estimated 35% of women around the world have experienced some form of physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives states Adaku Ufere, Deputy Chief of Party of Power Africa’s West Africa Energy Program. “Anyone can be a victim or a survivor of GBV.”
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