Women in Engineering (WIE) Mashonaland Area, a chapter of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers’ women division has partnered with a key British counterpart to host the first International Women in Engineering Day (INWED 2018).
Women’s Engineering Society (WES-United Kingdom) will be joined by other regional and local bodies for the event which will be held in Zimbabwe on 23 June.
The theme for INWED 2018 is “Raising the Bar” with #RaisingTheBar #MenasAllies #Pressforprogress as the hashtags for social media.
INWED is an annual festival developed and coordinated by WES-UK to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and to inspire current & younger generations.
The event was set up in 2014, first as a UK-wide event, then in 2017 INWED went global.
INWED is an annual international awareness day that raises the profile of women in engineering, celebrates their success and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities and developments across all engineering sectors.
In 2017, there were 150 separate events registered to host INWED related events; 18 international events were registered including from countries such as Brazil, Mauritius and Uganda.
INWED reached over 1.2 million people on social media and this year media attention is hoped to extend beyond 2017’s figures. UNESCO patronage endorses the event worldwide.
According to the event flyer and INWED event listing on http://www.inwed.org.uk/events-2018.html, the WIE Mashonaland Chapter event is set to take place at the Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers headquarters, Conquenar House this Saturday from 1000hrs to 1500hrs.
The event will have a number of activities, including talks, exhibits and a family oriented post father’s day braai, amongst other activities.
Other technical partners of the event are the Zimbabwe Information & Communication Technologies (ZICT) division of ZIE, Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), African Women in Science & Engineering (AWSE), Hansole Investments, GemProjects Network, Purple Future Trust, Women’s University in Africa (WUA), Techwomen Zimbabwe and Michelle Boit Mentorship Program Kenya.
The WIE Mashonaland Area is also concurrently running a House of WIE Pad Campaign requesting for donations upwards from $2 to sponsor sanitary wear for six months for girls in rural schools, the campaign is set to close 30 June 2018.