The energy sector remains one of the most gender imbalanced sectors, and gender equity in this sector still poses a great challenge in India. The skewed gender dynamics coupled with inadequate representation of women in these sectors can partly be attributed to the social and perception barriers about the dominance of field-based activities, geographical mobility, and shift-based working, which have traditionally been considered as negative for women’s participation in these sectors. During the 2nd International Conference on ‘Large-Scale Renewable Energy in India’, Edgard D. Kagan, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy New Delhi, launched this joint initiative by USISPF and USAID – “South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE)”, under its Greening the Grid (GTG) Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) Initiative.
SAWIE provides a platform for women to form a collaborative and strategic approach towards reaching gender equality goals and building strong pillars across the energy sector, as well as industrial and manufacturing sectors. This platform brings together women leaders across the energy sector to work together on designing interventions in outreach and recruitment; mentorship and leadership; and professional development that can help bridge gender gaps. Furthering this commitment, SAWIE also works towards strengthening the regional network of institutional partners across public and private sector utilities across the South Asia Region.
Increase the representation of women in leadership levels in the energy, industrial and manufacturing industries across the South Asia Region, enabling diversity in decision making.