Empowering Women through Improved cooking stoves project.
Development is not possible without access to energy, Energy is vital for women’s development in terms of reducing their time burden for collecting firewood used in cooking and heating, supporting livelihoods activities, improving health and well being and providing opportunities for enterprise and capacity-building.
Conventional energy policies have tended to focus on energy supply, with little attention to the social issues relating to energy. Energy policies miss vital opportunities to ensure projects draw on women’s vital local knowledge and their influencing capacity within households and communities. FOFCOD carried out a research in yei, Studies show that many rural women spend up to five hours a day gathering fuel and carrying heavy loads. This burden leaves them with little time for productive activities or leisure, puts women and girls at risk of long-term health problems and increases their vulnerability to physical or sexual violence. spending long hours indoors with traditional wood burning stoves can result in health hazards such as lung disease and eye infections for women and children. The provision of clean cook stoves can mitigate these negative impacts while promoting women’s empowerment, as the time that would have been used to collect fuel can now be used for other productive and economic activities.
Project Outcomes include
Reduced level of domestic violence against women and primary education enhancement
The burden of household tasks such as firewood collecting falls primarily on women and children, so by using the ICS the time spent wood seeking has been significantly reduced and cooking times is much faster. Such changes helped to reduce problems of overworking which are often linked to increased domestic violence. Furthermore it has helped to improve the attendance and performance of primary school students who had dropped out of school, or whowere failing to perform for reasons such lateness or tiredness.
Decreasing the level of deforestation in the area
through encouraging the use of ICS this campaign has reduced the level of household firewood used by up to 90% in more than 900 families built this stove.This project has educated local leaders about the role of forests. the communities have been encouraged to plant more trees in line with national policy.
By reducing the level of firewood consumption and educating local leaders about the role of forests the movements of people in natural forests has been significantly reduced.
We are grateful to our supporters Rain Forest Action Network, Global Green Grants Fund and Rufford.