More than 250 engineers and energy-sector professionals represented their countries in Kathmandu, Nepal, at the first regional conference of the Women in Power Sector Network in South Asia (WePOWER), a forum that aims to promote and diversify female practitioners’ opportunities in the power and energy sector.
They included representatives from 60 participating institutions from local and international power utilities, energy sector organizations, and multilateral agencies.
The conference was organized by the World Bank, with support from the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Australian AID and Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The partners agreed to endorse the objectives of the network and implement incremental activities, which are of interest and priority to them, along WePOWER’s five pillars: (i) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education; (ii) Recruitment; (iii) Development; (iv) Retention; and (v) Policy and Analysis. The First Regional Conference of WePOWER held in Kathmandu, Nepal on Feb 20-21 formally launched the network and showcased our partners, their activities, and their goals for the upcoming two years.