Article on Women's Empowerment & Green Initiatives in Chile

LeanaM
Posted March 14, 2013 from United States

I ran accross this article today and thought it would of interest to the PulseWire community.

I find it incredibly inspiring to read about these women in Chile's Atacama dessert who have been trained as "solar engineers" in order to bring and maintain solar energy in their villages. The project exemplifies some really essential issues to keep in mind in international development programs: developing initiatives that target women specifically, understanding that there is a difference between charity and true empowerment, emphasizing non-destructive and sustainable development, recognizing that rural/indigenous communities can produce well-versed engineers, and perhaps most importantly (in my line of work) acknowledging the value of and utilizing South-South networks to share best practices and build global communities.

I realize that no doubt not everything is "rainbows and butterflies" in this project, but I do think it's an important step in the right direction http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/03/native-women-bring-solar-energy-to-chiles...

If anyone has any comments/observations, I'd love to discuss!

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  • Paulina Nayra
    Mar 15, 2013
    Mar 15, 2013

    wow. love this. especially that we are dependent on fossil fuel and electricity is controlled by the electric companies. Let me read about it. thanks for bringing this up.