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Gender Sensitization Training to address gender issues in the Renewable Energy Sector

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19th March, 2018 The Department of Energy under the Ministry of MEIDECC is implementing its Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project (OIREP) through the installation of solar power systems with a total capacity of 1.32 MWp in nine outer islands of Tonga.

The islands include Vava’u, ‘Eua, Lifuka, Nomuka, Ha’afeva, Ha’ano, ‘Uhia, Niuafo’ou and Niuatoputapu.

A Gender Action Plan (GAP) was also developed to address gender issues under the project funded by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (dFAT).

Under the GAP, a Gender Sensitization Training on Renewable Energy was conducted for the staff of the Department of Energy, MEIDECC and the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE) on March 13, 2018 and will continue on March 27.

Through this training, participants recognised that everything involves people is based on gender in regards to the different roles, opportunities, vulnerabilities and life experiences of men and women.

The structural inequalities existing in every society disadvantage women on social, political and economic levels, but if gender dimensions will be integrated in the Renewable Energy Sector both men and women contributions will provide positive changes not only in this sector but other development activities in Tonga.

Manager of PCREEE Mr. Solomone Fifita said, “It’s an important training that does not come around very often. It is another milestone for the SPC-Tonga in collaborations with the center. PCREEE participated and learned from Tonga’s effort with its partners and we look forward to applying the experiences in other renewable energy projects in the region.”

Ms. ‘Anasisi Valoa Masima who is the only female staff at PCREEE said the training “was an eye opener. The training gave me the confidence to express myself in a male-dominated office and to also realise I can do whatever I am capable of doing and not restricted by the fact that I am a woman.”

OIREP’s Social Gender Development and Safeguards, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Ms. Estrellita ‘Alilia Fulivai stated, “It was a pleasure to have the PCREEE team in the training. It was good to have a regional entity with us and hope they can replicate and upscale what they have learnt in other renewable energy projects in the region.”

OIREP is planning to conduct more training in the outer islands in the future.


Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.


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