To mark International Women’s Day, we revisit a blog about our project in Sudan and how it contributes to improving the lives of communities, and especially women, in Darfur.
Access to fuel and energy is not always considered at face value as a gender issue. 2.7 billion people (40% of the global population) rely on wood and charcoal as their primary source of energy. Poorer women, especially those living in rural communities are most impacted by this: they are often responsible for collecting wood and the time and labour this requires as well as the health problems associated with burning and collecting wood.
In North Darfur, Sudan, most households use wood or charcoal to cook. Women and children are often the worst affected by this smoke as they spend most of their time indoors and several hours per day cooking.
Smoke from cooking indoors on charcoal and wood burning stoves causes more deaths globally each year than malaria. For millions of households across the developing world there is no alternative to cooking on the equivalent of a charcoal BBQ inside the home. Typically, women usually purchase 1 bag of charcoal (2.75 kg) and a small bundle of wood (1.5 kg) daily. This can amount to up to about 40% of a family’s daily income.
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