Women and Energy Transition | Africa Climate Summit 2023

First Lady's Pavilion, Africa Climate Summit
Esther Atieno prepares dinner for her family in Kisumu, Kenya. Photo via Flickr/WorldBank

Women are underrepresented in the energy industry. Women in the energy sector also face inequitable access to education and training opportunities. 

Gender-blind policies, including the absence of gender-responsive planning and budgeting frameworks. Only 9 percent of official development assistance for energy projects focuses on gender equality, while SDG7 lacks gender-specific indicators.

Women can play a key role as professionals, decision-makers, and users in the energy sector.  Women play crucial roles as consumers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, and community leaders, enabling them to drive transformative energy solutions.

This event at the 2023 Africa Climate Summit, led by Her Excellency Mrs. Rachel Ruto, First Lady of the Republic of Kenya, will highlight opportunities and challenges of including women in the energy transition, including the clean cooking transition. 


  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Sustainable Energy for All
  • Dymphna Van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance
  • Sheila Oparaocha, Executive Director, ENERGIA Network
  • Dr. Kevin Kariuki, Vice President, Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, African Development Bank
  • Ms. Wendy Hughes, Regional Director for Infrastructure (East and Southern Africa Region), World Bank
  • H.E. Samira Bawumia, Second Lady and Clean Cooking Champion, Republic of Ghana
  • Astria Fataki, Founder, Energy Generation
  • H.E Ana Afonso Dias Lourenço, First Lady of the Republic of Angola
  • Martina Otto, Head of Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition
  • Sharon Yeti, Co-founder & CEO, Powerlive Zimbabwe
  • Mafalda Duarte, Executive Director, GCF
  • Graca Machel, Graca Machel Trust