Gender dimensions in household energy

Gender dimensions in household energy
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Ishara Mahat
In much of the literature, it has been argued and proved that women are the primary managers of household energy. Women collect and use firewood resources effectively and efficiently, and process grain with traditional technologies using their own energy. Women as the primary users of household energy, have expertise in local biomass resources, including their properties as fuels and in adopting fuel-saving techniques. Women can differentiate between those woodfuels that burn fast with high heat, those that burn slowly with low heat, and those that smoke (Kelkar, 1995; Cecelski, 1995). In fact, women have become excellent managers of energy resources in order to survive, because they are the ones most affected by energy crises (Batliwala and Reddy, 1996:3).

Gender dimensions become particularly important when energy is a part of the household system. Knowing how men and women participate in the household energy system and how they benefit is important and needs to be analysed.
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