Activities: Global Peace Women, the women’s division of the Global Peace Foundation, began implementation of the Clean Cookstoves Project in Uganda in early 2013. The project has been working with Ugandan women in the villages of Nabisweera and Mijeera in the Nakasongola District; Kyomunembe and Nyaibarukya in the Kibaale District; and multiple villages in the Mukonu District. The project has expanded to villages in Kenya and Nepal.
Process: The Cookstove Project trains women in the process of constructing efficient clay cookstoves, overseen the construction as women perfect their craft, and contributed the few building materials that are not available locally.
Unlike traditional three-stone open fires, the clay cookstove burns fuel efficiently and completely, ensuring that no toxic gases are emitted into the home as the fuel burns. This process also creates a hotter fire that requires less wood. The stoves are made from local clay and a special filter to funnel out harmful gases.
Women are key players in the construction process. They collect and prepare the construction materials, build the stoves alongside their neighbors, and teach others about the construction process, sharing this technical knowledge in their social networks.
When stove construction began in Uganda, villagers imprinted “Global Peace Women” on their stoves before the clay dried. Women proudly explained to the Cookstove Project staff that this branding embodied their sense of membership in a worldwide women's movement.