UN Women is grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations. It is working towards eliminating discrimination against women and girls, empowering women, and achieving equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations Country Team on gender equality and the empowerment of women. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts to build effective partnerships with civil society and other stakeholders.
UN Women DRC implements its activities in line with its Strategic Plan, supporting gender equality priorities in the government’s agenda for transformation in the following impact areas: 1) Women’s leadership and political participation, 2) Women’s economic empowerment, 3) Women, peace and security and 4) Gender responsive planning and budgeting.
UN Women DRC has been very engaged with renewable energy and climate change issues, especially clean cooking solutions. It calls on the government, multilateral agencies and civil society organizations to commit to advancing gender equality by improving women’s access to clean cooking solutions. UN Women maintains belief in a strong connection existing between energy access and women’s economic empowerment and well being.
UN Women DRC joined the SAFE Humanitarian Working Group to help develop solutions that address the issues of access to fuel and energy faced by women refugees and internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We also wish to share our experiences regarding the ways we empower women through income generation activities and facilitate sensitization on gender based violence (pillars 2 and 3 of UN Women's operational mandate). Through these experiences, we wish to learn from other countries' experiences, as well.
UN Women DRC has a three-pronged policy commitment to clean cookstoves: 1) promoting investment in clean cookstoves for gender-equitable sustainable development, 2) developing gender-equitable targets and sex- and age-disaggregated indicators related to clean cookstoves and 3) incorporating clean cookstoves in the Beijing+20 commemoration.
The SAFE humanitarian working group will be a knowledge platform for the UN Women DRC, which is currently hosting more than half a million refugees and has up to 13 million people in need of assistance.