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Study on Gender Mainstreaming, Social Inclusion, Human Rights Processes and Outcomes of Access to Energy in Targeted Local Communities in Lebanon

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This report was developed within the REGEND (Regional Initiative for Promoting Small-Scale Renewable Energy Applications in Rural Areas of the Arab Region) framework with an assessment to guide REGEND’s future activities in the country.

The report presents the findings of a detailed review and analysis of gender issues associated with energy services in Lebanon. It calls attention to the challenges and barriers rural women face in employment and entrepreneurship in energy sectors. It also highlights the potential for gender mainstreaming and identifies opportunities to support the local private sector, and to promote and expand the use of small-scale renewable energy technologies, while emphasizing the environmental and climate benefits associated with them. The report also provided recommendations on the pilot rural community/communities - Akkar El-Atika and Chaqdouf in the Governorate of Akkar– where most of REGEND’s activities will be conducted.