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Gender and the Energy Transition: the Hidden Face of Women in Energy Poverty

In the pursuit of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, it is imperative to acknowledge and address the multifaceted challenges they face, especially in a world where economic crises, such as energy shortages, disproportionately impact women and girls. This year’s theme of the CSW resonates deeply with the current global landscape, where women bear a disproportionate burden in the face of rising living costs and the connecting energy crisis.   As the institute 75inQ, our mission is to shed light on the hidden gendered face of the challenges to achieve a just energy transition . During times of economic turmoil, persistent gender inequalities, such as the income gap and limited financial flexibility, weigh more heavily on women. Consequently, women are more frequently impacted by energy poverty, especially in single-headed households, which are predominantly headed by women. Women based on their gendered roles in care responsibilities heav i ly depend on energy ser
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