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Volts for Women - an Ashden Awards campaign

Ashden wants the proposed new Sustainable Development Goals to include specific targets for increasing women's access to clean energy – like cleaner cookstoves and fuels that emit less smoke, and solar-powered electricity – that will help transform their lives.

On 20 May this year we will be holding an international conference bringing together women clean energy leaders from around the world to discuss this very issue. We want to start the day by speaking with one voice to raise awareness of women's need for clean cooking and electricity. How you can help:

1. Add your name to our #Volts4Women Thunderclap. Thunderclap is a neat platform that will gather all our tweets and facebook posts in advance, then send them out in one big online bang at 9am on 20 May. As long as 100 or more people sign up, all our messages will be sent out at the same time. Sign up at

2. Please share our Thunderclap page with three women who you think would be happy to support our #Volts4Women campaign. Let’s see if we can get it trending.

3. Send us a picture of a woman you admire who works in clean energy – either in a clean energy business, or a charity, or in politics. We’ll add it to our growing Volts4Women Pinterest board and tweet you a massive thank you.

4. Follow @AshdenAwards on twitter and like us on Facebook. We will be using #Volts4Women throughout the campaign so it’ll be easy to follow progress.

Fully Charged: Sustainable Energy for Women and Girls: International Conference
If you want to find out more, come to our international conference on 20 May. This all-day event will gather of women energy leaders from all over the world who are leading the way in transforming other women's lives through clean energy. You can find out more at

Ashden Awards Ceremony 22 May
On 22 May we’ll also be presenting an Award to an organisation that has made a significant difference in improving the lives of women and girls through clean energy. The finalists for the Ashden Sustainable Energy for Women and Girls Award are Greenway Grameen and Sakhi Unique Rural Enteprise (SURE), both of which are working in India.

(Adapted from a blog post by Julia Hawkins, PR manager for Ashden Awards, at

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