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International Women in Engineering Day focuses on the amazing careers of women in engineering, science and technology and celebrates the achievements of outstanding women engineers.​

This year's theme for INWED is 'Shape the World'. Women (and men) all over the globe can help raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all.​

This year many engineers all over the world are working from home. INWED celebrations will be quite different this year but we will be celebrating this day virtually and reflect on the celebrations that have happened in the past. ​

Through our website, we will look back at some amazing women who have been pioneers of engineering in Nepal.  We will also look at some images from previous year’s INWED Celebrations.​

The first International  Women in Engineering day was celebrated on June 23rd 2017, with Nepal being one of the first countries to mark the event in that and subsequent years. Since then, the Nepal Engineers' Association, the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the UK funded Rural Access Programme (RAP3) have been co-hosting this event to celebrate the work of women engineers in Nepal.​

Glimpses from previous year’s INWED Celebrations

Empowering the future of engineering by engaging engineering students with established engineers at the 2019 INWED event

Ms. Shanti Malla, first female engineer of Nepal inspiring a new generation of female engineers at the 2018 INWED event ​

The then British Ambassador, H.E. Richard Morris inaugurating the 2017 event​

INWED 2020: Shape The World

The theme for 2020 is #ShapeTheWorld. To mark this, we invite you to share remarkable stories or events from women engineers on how you “shape the world and help make our planet a better, safer, more innovate and exciting place to be”. You can reach us at with your exciting stories.

Photo campaign for INWED 2020

Initiatives for women in RAP

  • Equal pay for equal work and payment direct into the hands of women workers.  Special measures to boost​ women's participation, including support for childcare, water and firewood collection, health services for workers and their families, training, distribution of sanitary pads and pants.

  • Women are now represented across the full RAP hierarchy – labourers, office workers, store keepers, social mobilisers, technicians, engineers and senior management. We RAP women are proud to have been a part of RAP and to have been able to rise to the challenge at all levels.

  • Membership of an RBG has been said to raise women's status at household and community levels.  The relationships formed with other women group members gives them strength and courage and provides a support network long after construction is complete​.

  • RAP savings and credit, livelihood diversification and entrepreneurship initiatives have further enabled women to develop beyond the project.  Examples include women that went on to study for degrees in Education and Health and women that have successfully opened and run local businesses.
  • Collaboration with the Nepal Engineers’ Association to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (June 23) and the RAP team celebrating International Women’s Day.
  • RAP Women encouraging the next generation to become all that they want to be as both people and professional engineers.