In connection with International Women’s Day the Liberal Democrats are urging the British Government to investigate, promote, and encourage the use of solar cooking technologies in the developing world, especially in refugee camps in conflict-affected states.
Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for International Development and Hornsey & Wood Green MP comments:
“There is a danger for women and children who often leave the refugee camp in war afflicted countries in search of firewood for cooking. Many of them are attacked, raped and killed by militia bands. I am therefore delighted to lead this campaign promoting such a simple cheap devise that saves lives.
“You can get a solar cooker for as little as £1. That’s very little to pay to save our sisters from rape and murder. I hope the government will take on this simple cooking devise. It has to be the answer in the short-term.
“Solar cookers saves lives.”
The letter regarding the benefits of solar cookers being sent to Tony Blair reads:
We the undersigned urge the Government to investigate, promote, and encourage the use of solar cooking technologies in the developing world, especially in refugee camps in conflict-affected states.
Solar cookers are a win-win technology in sun-rich, fuel-scarce areas. Costing around $2 each, they reduce smoke and lung diseases as well as pasteurize unsafe drinking water. Perhaps most importantly, solar cookers have particular benefits for women living in refugee camps where leaving the safety of the compound to collect twigs for firewood often exposes them to rape and murder.