The international «16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence» campaign during 25 November - 10 December 2018 calls for the elimination of all forms of violence against women and to raise awareness of gender-based violence at local, regional and global levels.
As part of this campaign, the EBRD CLIMADAPT team partnered with UNDP to organize a workshop on “Empowering Women in Energy Sector of Tajikistan” on 6 December 2018 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan at the Hyatt Hotel. The focus is on reaching out and empowering women about the opportunities available for female entrepreneurs, in particular to share on how CLIMADAPT can provide access to financing for climate resilient technologies.
The event was well-represented, including personnel from ministries, local and international organizations such as Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, State Environmental Committee, UNDP, ACTED, NGOs and local financial institutions such as Habitat for Humanity, Youth Ecological Center, IMON International, Bank Eskhata, HUMO, Arvand, FMFB and most importantly Tajik women entrepreneurs.
A lively and interactive sessions involving presentations, Q&A and group work were well received by the participants. The EBRD CLIMADAPT and UNDP shared several success stories in implementing resource-efficient technologies such as solar PV panels and solar water dryers. “The initiative aims to draw public attention to the issue of gender equality and the empowerment of women. As we work with the private sector, we actively support women entrepreneurship. We see this event as a very effective platform to share our experience and information on climate resilience technologies and access to finance for women”, said Kairat Shalabay, EBRD CLIMADAPT Team Leader.
In addition to its core objective of scaling up climate resilience investments for the Tajik private sector, the EBRD CLIMADAPT also promotes gender equality and women empowerment, contributing to increasing women's resilience to climate change by addressing gender gaps in access to finance in Tajikistan. Based on a gender review study carried out, EBRD CLIMADAPT notes how the perception and image of women entrepreneurs has improved in the last 5-10 years in Tajikistan, but social stereotypes and traditions still require women to maintain a more passive position in the society and economy. The team will continue to put in efforts to identify barriers that women entrepreneurs may face in accessing finance and work on removing them in partnership with local financial institutions.