The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMENV) is tasked with providing mitigatory actions to climate change and the damage it could contribute to Nigeria’s environment and livelihood opportunities. It works from a perspective of addressing matters of livelihood and opportunities in climate change while building the resilience of communities to respond and to avert environment related challenges.
One key theme it has focused on is mitigating climate change through its Renewable Energy Programme (REP), which is tasked with evolving people centered responses to climate change mitigation. REP has chosen to view climate change as an opportunity rather than a challenge.
The REP has identified access to clean cooking energy and market skills for women as priority areas. The programme sources for and deploys alternative and sustainable renewable energy solutions that will affect positively on the environment as well as create sustainable livelihood for the rural poor and those most affected by the lack of power and energy supply in the country.
As part of its strategy to achieving its core objectives, and with access to clean energy technologies and market skills for women as the priority areas, the REP developed a project called the Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES).
The RUWES derives from a need to save lives, save the earth and improve the economy. The RUWES is targeted towards improving the value chain of the under-served rural woman who are usually off grid, energy poor and has the highest incidence of health related issues from harmful energy practices.
On 10th December 2013, the FMENV launched the Rural Women’s Energy Security (RUWES).