Although there are several sticking points to reaching a broader agreement at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, gender equality and climate change is moving ahead. Implementing a stronger commitment to the inclusion of women in climate policy and the U.N. climate negotiations process is a bright spot at the talks in Warsaw.    Gender-sensitive climate policies recognize that women are disproportionately impacted by climate change impacts and have an important role to play in solving it. 

In honor of “Gender Day” at the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference, the United States is highlighting its actions to harness the potential of women and women’s networks to increase the use of clean energy technologies, which in turn helps reduce climate change. The Department of State launched the Partnership on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (“wPOWER”) in January 2013. wPOWER aims to empower more than 8,000 women clean energy entrepreneurs across East Africa, Nigeria and India who will deliver clean energy access to more than 3.5 million people over the next three years.

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