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
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
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
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
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.