Theme 1: Engineering Workforce Diversity and Capacity Building
WIE recognises the fact that there is a global problem with gender diversity in engineering, which poses a skills shortage, a barrier to the equal career and social mobility opportunities available to women, and represents a gap in thought diversity and creativity in the creation of technical solutions to the world’s challenges.
WIE will work with its National Members to deliver capacity building and growth activities for young women in countries where our input has been identified as being impactful and where these initiatives are currently missing, and it will work with other WFEO Standing committees including Capacity Building and Education to seek opportunities to address this challenge.
Deputy Vice Chair: Uwanjye Munyaneza Yvette (Rwanda)
Theme 2: Female Leadership and Empowerment
In engineering, and in many other traditionally male dominated sectors, there is a dearth of women in leadership positions. This not only limits the career aspirations of women, it also suppresses the voices of women and denies their perspectives and ability to contribute to important decisions.
The WIE committee will work towards empowering women to succeed in leadership positions, both within the WFEO organisation, and in the engineering sector more widely. Female engineers will be encouraged to break the power glass ceiling.
Vice Chair: Yvette Ramos (Switzerland)
Deputy Vice Chair: Enyonam Kpekpena (Ghana)
Theme 3: Engineering Strategic Indicators
There is a lack of reliable data on the number of women qualifying as engineers, working in the engineering sector and gaining professional status as registered engineers, on a global level. This limits the ability to clearly assess the need, as well as the type and impact of action. This lack of evidence is used all too often to justify a failure to act.
National data is available in some countries, but this has not been collected against any international standards, and so is often difficult to compare from country to country. There is therefore a significant need and opportunity for leadership in collecting reliable and accessible global data on ‘’gender disaggregated’’ aspects of engineering, according to standard definitions and methodologies, which will be available for comparison and benchmarking.
According to the UNESCO Report ‘Cracking the Code’- “Internationally comparable data are also needed on a larger scale to ensure evidence-informed planning and policymaking, as well as further documentation of the effectiveness and impact of interventions.”
Vice Chair: Ania Lopez (Italy)
Deputy Vice Chair: Wai Yie Leong (Malaysia)
Theme 4: Working in Partnership to address the Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular emphasis on Goal 5- Gender Equality, and its relationship with the other Goals.
The WIE committee will embed and illustrate the relevant gender perspectives, alongside the other Sustainable Development Goals, in order to ensure that no-one gets left behind and highlight the use of Engineering and technology in addressing these challenges. It will specifically gather evidence of cases where women are disproportionately disadvantaged globally, and consider ways of ensuring that engineering and technology can address this.
We recognise too that the members of the Women in Engineering committee can have a joint and multiplying role at WFEO in simultaneously serving on other standing committees, so all members of WIE are encouraged to join a second standing committee as non-voting members, in order to facilitate partnerships and increase our effectiveness in addressing the SDGs.
Deputy Vice Chair: Dawn Bonfield (UK)