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Energia Network Launched in Pakistan, Chairperson PEC, Engr. Senator Rukhsana Zuberi Addressing the Ceremony as Chief Guest:

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May 31, 2011, ISLAMABAD-the ENERGIA Network in Pakistan has been launched. Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) would act as the National Focal Point (NFP) and secretariat for ENERGIA Pakistan.

Senator Rukhsana Zuberi, Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), speaking on the occasion said that inception of Energia Pakistan is a good omen for the Pakistani women, as it focuses energy related issues of womenfolk.

She said that Alternative / Renewable Energy (ARE) is the ultimate source of energy for the people across the world. Pakistan being rich in ARE sources is moving ahead to harness its potential in the sector. Appreciating the AEDB’s efforts, especially wind energy, she said that AEDB has brought knowledge, expertise, technologies in Pakistan. She said that the PEC has been instrumental in creating conducive environment for women, and also plating its role in promotion of renewables in Pakistan through various initiatives, besides contributing in the national drive for energy conservation. She said that all sections of society including media should play a proactive role in promotion of ARE and energy conservation.

Ms. Govird Kelkar, UN Women South Asia Office said on the occasion that 2 Billion women across the world, are facing energy related issues.

Mr. Arif Alauddin in his address said that the energy issue that we perceive is much bigger than that. We talk about load shedding, energy shortages, where the pipe gas and the grid energy are made available.

The participants were informed that the ENERGIA International is a Netherlands based Network of organizations and individuals committed to address differences between men and women in the access and use of energy services. They were further informed that the ENERGIA’s goal is to contribute to the empowerment of women, both rural and urban, through a specific focus on energy. The network operates through well reputed organizations working on energy and sustainable development and/or gender issues.

The launch of the Network would be followed by a membership drive, inviting likeminded organizations and individuals to join this national network; subsequently a Steering Committee would also be established to oversee progress of activities and assist in decision making at the strategic level.

The launching ceremony was attended by the persons from public, private, international community, academia etc working in the area of gender and energy. The inaugural event was followed by a technical session.


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