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For PICTs, expanding and modernising their energy sector is vital since the limited availability of energy constrains human and economic development. Insufficient and unreliable power supplies can limit industrial production, while the lack of modern energy services can prevent the realisation of basic human needs, such as education, health, and communication. Furthermore, access to energy is not only a catalyst for development but it can also be a springboard for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Without access to modern energy services, women and girls spend most of their day performing basic subsistence...
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Women’s economic empowerment is fundamentally about rights and equitable societies, yet women and their views, priorities and skills are often excluded from decision-making processes that shape development. Women in the Pacific region are more vulnerable than men to the impacts...
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Participating in economic activities allows women to effect positive changes in their own lives and their communities, with positive ripple effects for the whole nation. Historically, gendered norms, behaviours and social relations have played a big part in disadvantaging women economically. Institutions, systems and structures often restrict women’s economic opportunities, while gendered roles and status can limit women’s voices and choices when it comes to household and community decisions. Women often also have reduced access to education and skills, as well as other resources such as credit and land ...