Balancing unjust power relations through energy communities

More and more people build relationships with each other, as a community, to drive energy projects. For the first episode of our SCCALE 20-30-50 podcast series, hosted by Energy Cities, we wanted to know what it needs to spark such initiatives, how we can bring more women into it and what all this has to do with taking risks.

In the first episode of the SCCALE 20-30-50 podcast series on Energy Communities (hosted by Energy Cities), we invited Katharina Habersbrunner who is Head of sustainable energy and climate solutions at the non-profit network WECF, Women Engage for a Common Future. Katharina has an impressive record of community energy experience, and she has many very personal stories to tell about how diverse energy democracy is, both in Europe and in Africa.

In our conversation Katharina talks about different tools that can help create and monitor gender justice:

  • gender analysis for your energy community
  • gender targets in your organisation’s statutes
  • family-friendly logistics and organisation of meetings
  • gender trainings (not only for women!)
  • women’s empowerment: networking, mentoring, explicit trainings for women
  • gender just communication

Katharina works for Women Engage for A Common Future, a nonprofit network dedicated to a gender just and healthy planet for all. This international network consists of over 150 women’s and civil society organisations implementing projects in 50 countries. Listen to the episode.