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Professional network for supporting women in Pakistan's energy sector and fostering a culture of career and leadership development.

Power of Community – Looking Back at Our Year

Dear Members, Patrons and Partners,

All of us at Women In Energy Pakistan (WIE) hope that you and your loved ones are safe and well. 
As a community, WIE is honored to work towards our mission of supporting women in Pakistan's energy sector and fostering a culture of career and leadership development. Through our multiple activities, we have engaged with women and men in the sector to drive the transition towards gender equality in the wider sector.

As we continue designing new activities and taking on more challenging reform work, we wanted to take this time to look at our past work over the year and celebrate our achievements with you! We hope that you enjoy reading this newsletter and feel free to write to us at connect@womeninenergy.pk.


Nameerah Hameed
WIE Chairperson

Highlights from the Past Year

Dedicated 'Women In Energy' panel session at an international conference

We hosted the first-ever panel on "Women In Energy: Shaping Pakistan's Energy Future" at the Pakistan Renewable Energy Summit 2019 (PRES) in Islamabad in September 2019. 

This was possible because Women in Energy Pakistan (WIE) entered into a MoU with World Wind Energy Association Pakistan (WWEA) to work towards gender inclusivity at PRES 2019. We are thrilled to jointly host a public dialogue on this extremely important​ topic, the first of its kind for any international conference held in Pakistan!

This panel had a diverse representation of women experts from both the private and public sector, from international development consultancy, as well as a male champion and head of a company that promotes gender inclusivity, and from an international women's professional network.

This panel addressed: 1. Pakistan’s energy transition & contribution of women; 2. Importance of gender balance for Pakistan’s energy future; 3. Opportunities for female professionals in renewable energy; 4. Prevailing gender gap in the sector and how to address it.

During the discussion we discussed if "pull factors" are at times more effective, for e.g. proposing names of suitable women experts for a company's board of directors. Another panelist emphasized that more women must "lean in" and take charge of their own careers and push forward in a male-dominated workforce.

We hope that by bringing this important conversation out of an echo-chamber to a wider audience, especially with our male champions and bosses, we may be able to address it and work towards gender equality in the energy sector in Pakistan!


Solar Training for Female Engineers & Technicians


Two batches of female engineers and technicians have now graduated from the "Female Solar Engineers and Technicians Training" held by  and Women in Energy Pakistan and conceptualized by Rehana Aziz (SheInEnergy). The first training was for 4 days in August/September 2019 and the second training in January 2020

Day 1 — trainees were provided with an understanding of various types of solar systems.
Day 2
site visit to rooftop solar installed at Metro Cash & Carry, specially designed for the trainees to gain an in-depth practical knowledge of solar site installations. Trainees also familiarized themselves with PVsyst software.
Day 3 
— basics of site-installation, HSE Standards & Practice, and O&M concepts.
Day 4 
 hands-on solar PV site-installation, under supervision of expert trainers.

The need for such trainings arises when female professionals find it difficult to avail limited opportunities or are discouraged from working on-site. We believe this introductory training gave fresh graduates and young professionals an introduction to practical skills that would make them stronger candidates and professionals. We look forward to training many more female engineers and technicians!

Solar Training Trainee Interview


WIE Member Placed on the Board of a Public Company


We worked with Punjab Commission on the Status of Women's "Women In Leadership" programme to propose names of appropriate women to serve as Directors in Boards of public Companies, Trusts, and Authorities, especially those related to energy, urban planning, land, etc. Our inimitable member, Ermeena Malik, was successfully placed on the Board of Directors of Punjab Thermal Power Pvt. Ltd. 

Spotlight on Women In Energy
Roohi Khan - Appointed as the Chairperson / Director at Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL). This marks her as one of the highest ranking women professionals in the energy sector in Pakistan. Read more here: Dawn News.
Sarah Hayat - Appointed to the honorary position of Vice Chairperson Air Pollution Prevention & Waste Management Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
More than 60 expert women!

Recently we responded to a call on Twitter to provide names of women experts as speakers for a panel on energy. It baffles us that we still need to do this (heavy sigh) but we were delighted to propose names of more than 60 women energy experts from Pakistan! View our list here⭐⭐⭐

Organizers have no excuse left to host #manels (a sad panel with just men) now that our friends at ProWomen have created an entire directory of women professionals!
Reading Recommendations
  1. "Best Practices for Gender Diversity in Talent Recruitment", a new publication jointly by Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and Global Womens Network in Energy Transition (GWNET).
  2. The woman behind the mission to bring systemic sustainable enterprise to Pakistan, about Hira Wajahat, our Co-Chair as well as Pakistan’s Lead for ClimateLaunchpad Pakistan.
  3. "Energy Security in Pakistan", co-authored by Maha Qasim.
  4. Karachi a victim of poor planning, bad governance and floods by Zofeen Ebrahim.
  5. We need a new approach to answer Karachi's electricity woes - And the answer might just be in a distributed energy model instead of a behemoth monopoly, by our friends at Resources Future.
  6. How Women Can Power the Green Transition by Austrian ambassador to Brazil and Suriname,
    Irene Giner-Reichl.
  7. Women's Leadership in Climate Change: a Case Study of Civil Society Organizations in Paris, by our friends at Women4Climate.
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