The World Bank recently started “South Asia Gender and Energy” (SAGE) initiative with a plan to establish a “Women in Power Sector Network in South Asia (WePOWER)” to promote women engineers and practitioners in the energy and power sector, and bring normative change regarding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.
WePOWER Track was introduced in 2019 to promote and encourage girls from the electrical and power and energy background to continue their education & / career in this field. The track witnessed participation from 8 countries since the start in 2019. In 2020, several online events were conducted including webinars, panel discussion and a 6-days international boot camp on “Energy Modelling in Industry”; with over 300 participants from 30+ countries.
The World Bank has identified leaders in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and other South Asian Countries to carry out the activities mentioned above. The WePOWER Track of IEEE YESIST12 is one such activity to encourage students pursuing Electrical Engineering and other related streams to work on the power related projects pertaining to the theme given based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.