Gender responsive technologies are defined as a set of technologies that pay due attention to gender-differentiated needs and constraints, reduce drudgery among women, release time for alternative activities, and promote labour efficiency and sustained household economic and welfare gains.
Technology needs and priorities are closely related to gender roles and often differ for women and men. Although women have a broad body of knowledge, capacities and experiences with technologies and their use in their particular situations, this knowledge is often not recognized and not used.
Technologies are at best a partial solution, sometimes they are even part of the problem. In order to contribute to the goals of climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies must be embedded in broader activities related to capacity building for users of the technologies and for decision makers. Additionally, technologies should be properly adapted to women’s needs.