The WFEO Committee on Women in Engineering in collaboration with the International Science Council (ISC), the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) and the United Nations University organized the second webinar “Intersectionality of Gender, Climate Change and Engineering” held on 15 October 2021.
The presentation of the first part of this webinar, held on 17 September, is available in this page.
The women and children primarily and the economically vulnerable in developing countries, are expected to be disproportionately affected and consequently, they’re in the greatest need of adaptation strategies in the face of climate variability and change. The UNESCO Engineering Report (2021) recognizes that solutions to the problems reside predominantly in engineering ingenuity and innovations. As an engineering body, WFEO raises awareness about the climate crisis and the urgent need for action among National Member Engineering Organizations and stakeholders.
The Committee of Women in Engineering is keenly aware that the poorest members of society will experience the most severe impacts of this crisis and seeks to contribute solutions in collaboration with other world engineering and scientific bodies, as well as high level government representatives. The Committee realizes that it is vital that the female voice is represented in the conception, planning and design of future infrastructure and climate resilient solutions and the webinars create a platform to stimulate discussions around this.
The intended outcomes:
- Examining the nexus between Gender, Climate Change and Technology
- Harnessing the strength of our diversity and inclusion with the power of technology, to proffer solutions which will effectively tackle the climate emergency in a sustainable manner Output from the webinars will be used to present a position paper, on behalf of WFEO-WIE, at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.
- Eveline Koks, Member of the WFEO Women in Engineering Committee
- Yetunde Holloway, WFEO Women in Engineering Committee Chair
- Prof. José Vieira, WFEO President-Elect
- Prof. Dawn Bonfield, Deputy Chair, WFEO Committee on Women in Engineering – Gender, Engineering & Climate Change
- Sanne Hieltjes, Vice-president, International Federation of Municipal Engineering, manager at city of Rotterdam – Climate change adaptation Asset management and Girls
- Yvette Ramos, Expert to the WMO – World Meteorological Organization, and President Swiss Engineering Geneva
- Ennie Muchulemba, Chairperson, Zambian Women in Engineering Section. Independent Consultant-Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene – Exploring the Climate Change, Water and Gender nexus; A case of Zambia
- Milda Pladaitė, Initiator and Lead of “Global Young Engineers Contribution to SDG 13 in Preparation for COP 26” Working Group.
- Mustafa Shehu, WFEO Executive Vice-President
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