Powering up Indonesia, one woman at a time
Women for Energy
INDONESIAN WOMEN FOR ENERGY is a movement that aims to raise awareness about the important role that women play in energy access - particularly from clean energy resources.
UP TO 39 MILLION INDONESIANS STILL LIVE WITHOUT ACCESS TO ELECTRICITY
ALMOST 100 MILLION INDONESIANS STILL USE SMOKY, FUEL-HUNGRY STOVES TO COOK
SMOKY COOKSTOVES CONTRIBUTE TO 165,000 EARLY DEATHS FROM RESPIRATORY ISSUES EACH YEAR
WHAT DOES ACCESS TO ENERGY MEAN FOR INDONESIANS, PARTICULARLY WOMEN?
In areas where access to clean energy is still limited, women are often the most affected. This is largely because they play key role in household activities such as cooking, cleaning, providing clean water and taking care of the children - all of which require reliable access to energy sources such as light and cooking fuel.
HEALTHThe use of traditional stoves and kerosene lamps can result in many women and children suffering from respiratory problems, eye infections, and other health problems.
EDUCATIONWithout adequate energy access, activities such as reading, studying, and working cannot be done after dark, limiting opportunities for improving knowledge and skills.
PRODUCTIVITYLimited access to efficient energy often results in women spending extensive time on labour-intensive activities such as collecting firewood or cooking water.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTDue to energy access issues, and other factors, the involvement of women in economic activity in remote areas is very low, impacting the overall economic growth of the region.
Through the Wonder Women program, women in remote areas are becoming agents of change by distributing clean and efficient technologies within their communities.
Kopernik connects simple and efficient technology, such as solar powered lights and environmentally friendly cookstoves, to people in remote areas in order to reduce poverty. Since 2010, Kopernik has distributed more than 90,000 units of clean energy technology to more than 400,000 people.