Stoves that use renewable energy sources rather than depleting the local forests that stabilize the agricultural land and water supply have far more benefits than those obvious “green” consequences. They also keep the cooks and their families from breathing toxic fumes, save the time spent foraging for fuel, and more. Unfortunately, the personal safety issue is also relevant. If you can stay home, you don’t the risk of rape and other attacks.
How clean cookstoves can help vulnerable women stay safer
They also offer benefits to the climate.
Billions of people around the world cook over open fires or with rudimentary cookstoves.
But cutting down trees for fuel is bad for the climate. And breathing smoke can harm people’s lungs and cause other diseases. Women, who do the bulk of the cooking, are the most vulnerable.
Dawuni: “Coming from a traditional household, I know that most of the women, when they cook in the kitchen, have all the kids there. So the kids, too, are constantly being exposed to this.”
Musician Rocky Dawuni promotes stoves that use less fuel or rely on cleaner sources as an ambassador for the @CleanCooking Alliance.CLICK TO TWEETWhile visiting a refugee camp on the border of Rwanda and the Congo, Dawuni learned that women gathering wood there often had to trespass on strangers’ land.
Dawuni: “Their lives were constantly being threatened because people felt like they were coming to steal stuff.”
With more efficient and cleaner cookstoves, the women needed less wood, so it was easier for them to stay safe. And seeing their lives transformed made Dawuni even more passionate about his work.
Dawuni: “We are solving these public health and environmental issues all at the same time.”
Reporting credit: ChavoBart Digital Media.