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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.

Anouncement: 3rd WePOWER Regional Conference

The third WePOWER Conference will be held from December 6th to 8th in Bangkok, Thailand. Find more information by clicking the first item under 'Quick links' in the menu on the right.

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WePOWER enters its fourth year!

February 2022 marks three 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 females.

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WePOWER Progress Report 2021

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We are really pleased to anounce the launch of the WePOWER Progress Report 2021. This report showcases the exceptional results of our 28 Partners in 2021 and the commitments of our 29 Partners for 2022. WePOWER has continued to make a substantive and meaningful impact, despite the constant disruptions caused by COVID-19. In 2021, the 28 WePOWER Partners across South Asia implemented 628 activities for 13,431 female students and professionals. We look forward to another excellent year of WePOWER partnerships to achieve our mission of more and better jobs for women.


WePOWER announces 2021 WePOWER Awards Winners!

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NEW PARTNERS

National Power Training Institute (NPTI)

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National Power Training Institute (NPTI) is the National Apex body for Training and Human Resources Development in the power sector under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. NPTI is the only institute of its kind that provides integrated power training through its eleven Institutes in different zones of the country. NPTI provides training to power sector professionals in India and South Asia – the institute trained over 3,80,000 Power Professionals in the last five decades. Training provided by NPTI on generation simulators has improved the Plant Load Factor of generating units, has increased the availability of transmission & distribution systems and has decreased aggregate technical & commercial losses. Under the partnership between NPTI and WePOWER, special technical trainings will be offered to women in different stages of their careers. NPTI will also introduce gender-sensitive training modules and offer training on subjects like unconscious bias. This will be the first time that a training institute embedded within the power sector will take up gender sensitivity as a module. 

Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO)

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MEPCO, the Multan Electric Power Company, is the largest distribution Company of PEPCO in Pakistan. Its area of operation is comprising of 13 districts of south Punjab. The charter of MEPCO is to provide reliable and safe electric power supply to the consumers in its jurisdiction. MEPCO is envisaged for the creation of the resources and engineering plans for additions, renovation, and augmentation of the distribution system. In partnersnhip with WePOWER, MEPCO plans to provide internships to 85 female students, hire and promote more than 15 women professionals, provide capacity building training to more than 100 women and implement various gender-responsive policies to facilitate women professionals. Please access MEPCO’s gender activities (LoAs 2022-23) here.

Institute of Engineering (IOE)

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We are pleased to welcome the Institute of Engineering (IOE) at Tribhuvan University as the 3rd Partner from Nepal. IOE was founded in 1930 as Nepal’s first technical school and is producing outstanding  engineering technicians and engineers for more than 80 years. With WePOWER, IOE plans to conduct STEM Outreach and Jobs Outreach to more than 200 students and provide capacity building technical trainings to more than 50 female professionals. Please access IOE's gender activities (LoAs) here


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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