Women and Foreign Policy: The Supply and Demand of Women and Energy

Date: 05/10/2016 Description: Justina Balankena is a Solar Sister entrepreneur and small business owner in Bomani, Tanzania, where she sells small solar lights and energy-efficient cookstoves. Justina's store brings the benefits of solar technology right into her town. © USAID Image

Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

George Washington University
Funger Hall, Room 108
2201 G Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Through the Sustainable Development Goals, the international community has created a vision for the world in 2030—one that relies heavily on education and economic opportunity for all.

But in many places around the world, women and their families remain in the dark, with a lack of access to energy holding them back from opportunity.

Sustainable economic growth relies on both stable and sufficient energy sources as well as women’s economic participation. But how are these issues connected? What are the challenges and opportunities for women in accessing energy? And what roles can women’s representation in the traditionally male-dominated energy sector play in making progress on the global goals?

On Tuesday, May 24, as part of the Women and Foreign Policy series, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, in cooperation with the George Washington University Global Women’s Institute, will convene experts, policymakers, and practitioners to tackle these questions. The event will look at women and energy through the lens of supply and demand.

To RSVP for this event, please e-mail your first and last name, e-mail address, title, and affiliation to AmbCatherineRussell@state.gov no later than Monday, May 23.

Can’t make it in person? Tune in to the event online on May 24 here

Featured Speakers

  • T.H. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Melanie Nakagawa, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Energy Resources, U.S. Department of State
  • Elizabeth Cecelski, Gender & Energy Advisor, ENERGIA
  • Helene Carlsson Rex, Senior Social Development Specialist, World Bank
  • Ellen Dragotto, Capacity Building Specialist, Office of Energy and Infrastructure, USAID
  • Abby Mackey, Grants Manager, Solar Sister
  • Dr. Janet Stotsky, Visiting Scholar, International Monetary Fund
  • Chelsea Ullman, Policy Associate, George Washington University, Global Women’s Institute

Women in Foreign Policy: The Supply and Demand of Women and Energy is the fourth event in a series of meetings hosted by Ambassador Russell. The Women and Foreign Policy series looks at the relationship between gender inequality and foreign policy, with a focus on solutions and best practices.

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