Gender Fact Sheet 2015
Fact Sheet on Gender-Based Violence and Cookstoves Access
This fact sheet provides a statistical snapshot on access to improved cookstoves and fuels and its impact on women’s safety in crisis settings. The Alliance conducted a desk review of 42 reports and evaluations, and the most compelling data has been condensed into talking points and data. This quantitative summary is meant to inform advocacy efforts, enhance funding proposals, and provide a general overview.
Study Shows Women Cookstove Sellers Outsell Men 3 to 1
A new study in Kenya showed that women were three times better at selling cookstoves than men, and that women who bought their new stoves from women were more likely to report consistent and correct cookstove use as compared to male cookstove sellers.
The study, Understanding Impacts of Women’s Engagement in the Improved Cookstove Value Chain in Kenya, produced by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, ESVAK Kenya, and Envirofit International, examined the relative impacts of engaging women entrepreneurs in the clean cooking value chain and its association with overall improved cookstove sales and adoption.
Additional findings include:
- Women outsold men cookstoves sellers by nearly 3 to 1.
- Those entrepreneurs that were found to be high sellers (selling more than 8 cookstoves), were nearly twice as likely to be female or working in the urban setting.
- If women sold to other women, those consumers were more likely to report consistent and correct cookstove use and were more likely to report the benefits of cookstoves as compared to male cookstove sellers.
- The agency-based empowerment training led to a more than doubling of business capacity for both genders.
- Those entrepreneurs that received the agency-based empowerment training were nearly 3 times more likely to be high sellers of cookstoves.
Understanding Impacts of Women’s Engagement in the Improved Cookstove Value Chain in Kenya
In this study, we examine the relative impacts of engaging women entrepreneurs in the clean cooking value chain and its association with overall improved cookstove (ICS) sales and adoption. The overall objectives were to understand the impacts that women can have on sales of ICS when engaged as entrepreneurs and to compare the relative business capacities of newly trained male and female entrepreneurs who received either basic entrepreneurial training or a novel agency-based empowerment training.
Women Spend 374 Hours Each Year Collecting Firewood in India, Study Finds
A study that measured the use of improved cookstoves in India, Bangladesh and Nepal found that women spend the equivalent of more than two weeks each year collecting firewood in India. Households using cleaner, more efficient cookstoves saved significant amounts of time and used less fuel than those using traditional stoves. Women who saved time reported spending more time to increase involvement in social and family activities, including spending time with children and monitoring their studies.
Some of the key findings included:
- On average, women spend approximately 374 hours every year collecting firewood in India.
- Women with improved cookstoves save 70 hours per year.
- Female-headed households are more likely to adopt cleaner cooking solutions than male-headed households.
- Women who are part of social groups are more likely to own an improved cookstove or use cleaner fuels.
- Women spend 4 hours every day cooking when using traditional stoves. They can save 1 hour and 10 minutes when using a clean cookstove.
- time was used to increase involvement in social and family activities, attend community meetings, meet friends and relatives, watch television, and spend time with children and monitor their studies.
- Households with clean cookstoves reported sending their children to school more often.
Download the study: Gender and Livelihoods Impacts of Clean Cookstoves in South Asia