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South Asia WePOWER Network

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Welcome to the WePOWER Network website!

WePOWER is a vibrant voluntary women’s professional network in Energy and Power Sector in South Asia that supports women's participation in energy projects and institutions and promotes normative change regarding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education.

3rd WePOWER Regional Conference

The third WePOWER Conference took place from December 6th to 8th in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information here.

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WePOWER is in its fifth year

February 2023 marks four years since WePOWER was officially launched. Thanks in part to the diligent commitment of our Partners, we are proud to report that WePOWER continues to be a leading champion of promoting gender diversity and women’s empowerment in the energy sector. Since its launch, our Partners have completed over 1,400 gender activities that benefitted over 28,000 women and girls. See results here.

Read our latest blog post: "The energy transition fueled by women’s participation & leadership".

WePOWER Progress Report 2022

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We are pleased to share the incredible results of the work of a growing number of WePOWER Partners in the WePOWER Progress Report. In 2022, WePOWER Partners completed 1,242 activities reaching 40,564 girls and women. From 2019-2022, WePOWER Partners implemented 2,700+ activities that made an impact on more than 68,000 female beneficiaries including students, interns, young professionals, engineers and returning mothers in South Asia. We look forward to another excellent year to achieve our mission of more and better jobs for women.


NEW PARTNERS

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University of Ruhuna (UoR) is the sixth oldest university in Sri Lanka, established by a Special Presidential Decree in 1978 and granted full university status in 1984. UoR has achieved notable success in academics, research, and community engagement, positioning itself as a leading institution in Sri Lanka. As a WePOWER partner, UoR will conduct job readiness workshops, connect female undergraduate students with female engineering professionals through mentorship and conduct capacity building leadership trainings for students. 

 

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Engro Energy Limited (EEL) was established in 2008 and is a fully owned subsidiary that was incorporated by Engro Corporation to develop power projects in Pakistan. Their first intervention in the energy sphere was launched in the form of Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited which owns and operates a 217 MW power plant in Qadirpur, Ghotki of 2×330 MW mine-mouth power plants in Tharparkar through a dedicated subsidiary, Engro Powergen Thar Private Limited. As a WePOWER Partner, EEL will promote STEM education in the Thar region, provide internship opportunities to female engineering students and provide mentorship and training opportunities to female employees.

 

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Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) is the governing body responsible for pioneering the sustainable energy revolution in Sri Lanka. It aims to facilitate the development of Sri Lanka’s energy resources, including solar, wind, water and bioenergy, drive strategic investments in the energy sector to support the country to transition into cleaner, sustainable and indigenously sourced energy solutions in the future, as well as to project energy sources from being exploited. As a WePOWER partner, SLSEA will work towards developing gender mainstreamed National Schools Curricula about renewable energy and energy management, conducting training and STEM outreach programs and appointing female energy managers for government and private entities.  


MoU between IEEE WIE and WePOWER

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An MoU was signed between WePOWER and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Women in Engineering (IEEE WIE). This agreement underscores IEEE WIE’s strong commitment to WePOWER. IEEE WIE is a crucial partner in reaching academic institutions, female engineering students, and professionals as our network continues to grow. 

The National Chapters of WePOWER

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The National Chapters of WePOWER are key to institutionalizing the network at the national level, fostering exchange of ideas, facilitating lateral learning, opening communications, and encouraging collaborative partnerships among national, institutional and strategic partners.  We will be implementing the National Chapters in several South Asia countries in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), following the Agreement.



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WePOWER Partners

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