Solar cooking's positive impacts for women and the environment

10:58 AM on Dec 3, 2020


Even though the United Nations Climate Conference did not happen in person this year, SCI continued to raise your voice in support of solar cooking at the United Nations Climate Dialogues virtual event which took place on December 2, 2020. In collaboration with The Women and Gender Constituency, SCI discussed solar cooking's positive impacts for women and the environment. 

Solar cooking has numerous climate-related benefits: reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and black carbon (soot); reducing deforestation; improving ecosystems; reducing household air pollution; improving health; etc. Of the 3 billion people cooking over open fires, women bear the primary burdens in negative health effects, premature deaths, and time, effort, and risks for gender-based violence while collecting fuel. Solar cooking is an ideal solution to that and a relevant intersection of gender and the environment.

The Women and Gender Constituency provides a platform for observer organizations working to ensure women’s rights and gender justice within the climate change convention framework. The constituency highlights Gender Just Climate Solutions, such as solar cooking and solar drying, that are aimed at making gender equality and women’s rights central to just climate action. 

Speakers include:

  • SCI Executive Director Caitlyn Hughes
  • SCI Science Director Alan Bigelow, Ph.D.
  • The Women and Gender Constituency's (WGC) Anne Barre
  • SCI Global Advisor Dr. Mrs. Janak Palta McGilligan 

To watch the special event, click on the video below.

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