Gender equality and social inclusion seal
In 2018, the Government of Mozambique approved the National Electrification Strategy to reach universal access to electricity in 2030. The “Energia para Todos” (Energy for All) project will expand the on-grid and the off-grid energy infrastructure in Mozambique at a rate of 450,000 new households every year until 2030.
For this to work, massive social change needs to take place. However existing structures of dissemination may lead to certain groups being excluded from the social benefits of improved energy access. In response to this, the CESET project received funding from The University of Sheffield ESRC Impact Accelerator Accounts to initiate The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Seal (GESIS) in collaboration with BRILHO. GESIS is specifically concerned with ensuring gender equality in the energy sector, so that all participants have safe and equal access to resources, and can be involved in decision making processes, and everyone is treated fairly and with dignity; and that all participants have equal opportunities, regardless of their backgrounds, to achieve their full potential in life.
GESIS is an incentive-based system for energy operators to improve their performance in matters of gender equality and social inclusion. By signing up to GESIS they are signing up to supporting increased economic performance improved productivity, and increased rates of innovation and impact.
Please read the recent GESIS White Paper 2023 to find out more (link to download below).
Additionally, in November 2022 the CESET team visited Maputo in Mozambique to participate in the “Off-grid energy regulatory framework: a regional perspective” organised by BRILHO. CESET Principal Investigator Professor Vanesa Castán Broto presented GESIS, which you can watch on the CESET YouTube Channel (also below).