USAID launches program to promote women leaders in the energy sector

USAID Urja Nepal, an energy development activity, on Friday launched a program for the development of leadership and management skills for women in the energy sector.

The program aims to empower women to advance the next generation of female leaders in the energy sector.

This program will complement Nepal’s efforts to increase women’s participation in traditionally male-dominated professions, particularly in the power sector where they remain underrepresented in leadership positions.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Nepalese government power sector counterparts co-designed this program to provide insight into the challenges women face on a daily basis.

“This understanding will identify training and capacity building needed to address current technical gaps and improve leadership skills,” USAID said in a statement.

During the nine-month program, the sessions will offer technical training on topics relevant to the energy sector in Nepal, as well as leadership courses focused on enhancing leadership skills and career advancement.

Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Pampha Bhusal said the program is in line with the government’s emphasis on increasing the participation of women and minorities in decision-making roles. in all sectors.

“I understand that women and minorities are underrepresented in the energy sector in Nepal and I believe that the program launched by USAID Urja Nepal will be a stepping stone to make this sector inclusive,” said Bhusal.

Sepideh Keyvanshad, USAID/Nepal Mission Director, said, “We are celebrating another milestone in our partnership with Nepal to advance the energy sector by specifically targeting future women leaders in the energy sector.

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