Lighting up lives: African women train as "barefoot" solar engineers.
Collaborating with the Barefoot College, UN Women is supporting a program to empower marginalized women across the world to become solar engineers. Many of these women live in villages across Africa South America and Asia without any electricity at all, where kerosene usage is high. Kerosene is not a sustainable source nor is it cheap or healthy. Barefoot college estimates that the initiative now saves around 160,000 litters of kerosene a month across South America, Africa and Asia.
Jhabua is likely the most developed tribal belt, MNREGA, has penetrated the deep interiors. UN Women organises special Women Gram Sabhas/meetings to give voice to the women and their needs and demands.
Water remains the major problem leading to large scale migration to cities like Ahmedabad and Mumbai. As a
social change its most astonishing to see tribal women cover their faces behind veils... something which was
only associated with the upper class and certainly not the tribals. Aspirations and to see themselves as part of
the mainstream seems to be the underlined truth here.
Energy Conservator of Ahmedabad
Along with SEWA Bank, UN WOmenhas trained women in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar and its surrounding vilages to conserve electricity using innovative and cost effective methods.
UN Women and its partner The Hunger Project used films, leaflets, songs and street theatre during village meetings to highlight the importance of including women in the electoral system. As a result, more women have been elected from seats that were open to both men and women.