Woman and Energy – Uneasy Relations
The relations between the energy and woman are not easy all around the world. In Georgia, it includes not only gender blind energy policy, but also ongoing construction of hydropower or fuel plants, transmission lines, setting up of tariffs and etc. does not include any gender aspects.
In Georgia, energy sector related impacts on gender are studied only in case of large infrastructural projects that may cause involuntary resettlement. But only in cases when those projects are funded by International Financial institutions. In all other cases, gender disbalance (women’s restricted participation, employment opportunities, health impacts and benefits) don’t considered as the problem and does not matter how significant that impacts may be. The issues of woman misrepresentation and mistreatment during decision making processes related to the energy infrastructure projects are substantial. As a result, projects are developed in a way that they do not address and mitigate particular gender impacts (health, employment, workload , poverty and etc.)
The energy sector impacts on gender in Georgia still does not get enough attention both from the public as well as decision makers side.