A workshop on “Women Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Energy in Africa” was held in Libreville, Gabon, on 13–14 June 2017 under the auspices of the 16th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN 16). The theme of this workshop, co-organised by the UNU Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (UNU-GEST), was “Unlocking Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs in Sustainable Energy: Towards Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and AU Agenda 2063”.
This was one of the few regional workshops that served as a networking platform for women entrepreneurs, development partners, government and non-government organisations, and civil societies in the energy sector. The workshop, which brought together more than 100 delegates from over 20 countries, sought to develop an action framework to overcome the main barriers and challenges that hinder the establishment, growth, and development of women entrepreneurs in the energy sector in Africa.
The outcomes of the workshop were incorporated into the 2017 AMCEN outcome document (Libreville Declaration),and will be part of a forthcoming project led by the United Nations Environment Programme on gender and sustainable energy to accelerate Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) in Africa.
For more information on the workshop, or to download the final outcome document, see the news story on the UNU-GEST website.