Women are harnessing the power of the sun, and carving a niche for themselves in the field of solar energy. What was once a male-dominated area of expertise, is now seeing increased participation by women. And not just in areas such as sales and distribution, but also in manufacturing, software development and installation. ACTED Pakistan,
ACTED is non-governmental organization with headquarters in Paris, France and a presence in 35+ countries around the world. ACTED recently launched a project that aims to promote solar energy and provide employment alternatives for women. This initiative will provide Pakistani women with training in the solar energy sector. ACTED, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has trained 54 women in Multan as solar technicians. Almost 20% of the women who graduated have gone on to secure jobs in the solar energy industry, receiving offers from various companies.
ACTED’s Solar Energy Training Program for Women started in Multan because the city is struggling with an energy crisis. On average, people in Multan do not have electricity for up to 20 hours per day, and thus face difficulties, which are further exacerbated by the extreme temperature. ACTED sees the involvement of women, in the solar energy sector, as vital to strengthening the economy of the city, and in ameliorating its energy woes.
As more women enter the work force in the areas of STEM, it is hoped they will become role models, inspiring the next generation of girls to study science and technology, helping Pakistan reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, and fully embrace renewable energy.