Energy ambassadors challenge gender norms in STEM and advance Jordan’s energy transition

Organization: Cowater International Inc.

Country: Jordan

Representative: Wasan Hasan

Website: https://seedjo.org/

Solution awarded as: Honoree


Description of the project: The SEED project implements a holistic and gender-responsive approach to energy transition in Jordan, providing technical training to women and empowering local communities to adapt to climate change and advocate for climate solutions. Women energy ambassadors learn to install solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems, thereby challenging gender-stereotypes in the male-dominated sector of energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE&RE). SEED also facilitates women’s participation in the labour force thanks to individual coaching, innovation grants, and employment opportunities. The SEED team conducts awareness-raising and national advocacy activities to scale-up the project’s impacts.

Climate impact
Strengthening local technical skills for the EE&RE sector, thus bringing Jordan closer to achieving national climate goals
Energy savings in private households and public institutes thanks to the installation of 1500 solar PV systems and 1700 solar water heater systems
Social justice in climate adaptation through the use of EE&RE solutions in areas of poverty
Gender impact
Challenging gender norms in a male-dominated sector
Economic empowerment and enhanced participation in the labour force for women
Capacity building of female organisations’ leaders, who take on inspirational roles within their communities
Scalability / replicability
Holistic incentive program providing capacity-building, coaching, and financial support to innovators in disadvantaged communities
Revolving fund to ensure financial sustainability of the project
Willingness to scale up the solution’s outcomes in the local roadmap to national sustainability and climate change initiatives

Financially supported by: Global Affairs Canada, Jordan Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources