USAID believes that gender equality and women’s empowerment is not just a part of development but the core of development. To execute this goal, each activity at USAID includes ‘Gender’ as a cross-cutting theme. USAID GTG-RISE Initiative is committed to further USAID agenda of having a more balanced access to opportunities to strengthen women participation primarily at the leadership positions. With this objective USAID under its GTG-RISE Initiative commits to provide initial seed funding support to establish ‘South Asia Women in Energy (SAWIE)’ Forum to promote women’s participation and strengthen gender diversity and equity in the energy sector. SAWIE aims to work on collaborative and strategic approach towards reaching gender equality goals and building strong pillars “Women Prospering in The Workplace” and “Women Enabled in The Economy”, demonstrating the U.S. Government’s commitment to women’s economic empowerment worldwide.