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PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE, WOMEN IN ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

PRESS RELEASE: CONFERENCE, WOMEN IN ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
5th AUGUST 2010
Earthlife Africa Jhb

As we commemorate Women’s day on 9th August, we are reminded of the power that the 20,000 women demonstrated in 1956. It is a power that we must not forget nor leave behind. While many things have changed in South Africa, the role of women has not changed enough. This is especially true in the energy and climate change sectors.

Earthlife Africa – Johannesburg is convening a one-day conference on “Women in Energy and Climate Change”. The main purpose of the conference is to bring women from all walks of life to discuss the challenges and obstacles facing women in the energy and climate change sectors and to map out a way forward.

The conference will be held on:
Date:         5 August 2010
Time:         8.30am – 4.30pm
Venue:     Orion Hotel Devonshire
Address:     Cnr Melle and Jorrisen Street, Braamfontein, JHB.

The key note address will be by Yvette Abrahams from the Commission on Gender Equality {full programme attached below}. Various organisations have been invited to participate including community-based organisations, labour, social movements and political parties.

Women and men contribute differently to the causes of climate change and are affected differently by energy choices. In addition, women and men react differently to the impacts of climate change and given the choice favour different solutions for dealing with energy and climate change. These differences are based on gendered roles and responsibilities in most societies, and on gendered access to resources and political influence.

Often gender research focuses on women as victims only, which keeps women trapped in limited roles and further enhance gender disparities. This perception must change. Women should have a key role to play when addressing energy and climate change policies in the country. It is time to re-live the power of the women of 1956 and to send a strong message to Government on issues regarding future energy plans for the country including the IRP2 process and the National Climate Change Response Policy.

For more information, please contact
Makoma Lekalakala
Cell: 082 682 9177

or

Ferrial Adam
Cell: 0741813197

Office details:
Earthlife Africa Jhb
Tel: 011 339 3662
Fax: 011 339 3270

Press Release: $3.75 Billion World Bank Loan to Eskom to Face Full Enquiry
August 4, 2010
Gender, Energy and Climate Change Statement
August 5, 2010

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