The energy sector remains one of the most gender imbalanced sectors and gender equity still holds a greater challenge in the India’s energy sector. The skewed women participation can partly be attributed to the social and perception barriers about dominance of field-based activities, geographical mobility and shift-based working, which have been traditionally considered as negative for women participation. During the 2nd International Conference on ‘Large-Scale Renewable Energy in India’ Edgard D. Kagan, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy New Delhi launched the USAID supported “South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE)” under its Greening the Grid (GTG) Renewable Integration and Sustainable Energy (RISE) Initiative.

SAWIE aims to provide a platform for women to form a collaborative and strategic approach towards reaching gender equality goals and building strong pillars across the energy sector. This platform will bring 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 shall aim to strengthen a regional network of Institutional partners across public and private sector utilities across South Asia Region.


“USAID is committed to maximize women’s participation and to strengthen gender diversity and equity in the energy sector and today (September 4th, 2019) we feel proud to launch the regional chapter called ’South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE)’ from this platform.”

Edgard Kagan, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy New Delhi


Increase the representation of women at the leadership levels in the energy industry, not only in India, but also in the South Asia Region thereby enabling diversity in decision making.



Increased visibility by recognizing
women leaders’ contribution
in the energy sector


Ready access to diverse group of women leaders, mentors and fellow colleagues from a variety of institutions to learn from each other

Knowledge Sharing

Increased knowledge about global best practices on gender integration and latest energy developments and opportunities

Mentorship and Training

Increased opportunities to get mentored and trained by successful women leaders and mentors

Policy & Advocacy

Evidence based collaborations established with other like-minded organizations.