The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed flawed systems that have failed marginalized communities living in the Global South for decades. These groups now face myriad crises all at once, from job losses and business closures to deepening food insecurity, overwhelmed public health systems, and climate-fueled instability. Many women have lost primary, secondary, or tertiary sources of income – or all three – putting entire families at risk. The end result, the World Bank estimates, is that more than 70 million people may be pushed into extreme poverty. The majority of them live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 800 million lack access to electricity.

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Sheila Oparaocha is the international coordinator and program manager at ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy. Emira Woods is senior program consultant at SHINE and is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies.

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