On the occasion of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), RAP3 MHLR organised a virtual event to celebrate the achievements and contribution of outstanding women engineers across all engineering fields. This year, we marked the INWED celebration by asking our current and former male and female engineers and non-engineers a set of questions to get their perspectives on International Women in Engineering Day.
The participants involved in the event shared about their source of motivation to choose the field of engineering, issues they generally face on-site or in the office, their thoughts on having fewer female engineers than male in their office and in the field, their experience of any positive changes in the field of engineering over time, one change they would want to bring to our work culture to make the environment, and their thoughts on celebrating International Women in Engineering Day. The participants shared that choosing this engineering field provided them with tremendous learning opportunities, as well as the opportunity to do development work. Their responses showed that women still face many challenges in engineering compared to men and that having more female engineers on the team permits a more diverse environment and creative approach to solving problems.
We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the members, especially our former female engineers, for contributing their valuable time to mark this celebration. It was a great event to celebrate and collect views, experiences and ideas in order to understand the barriers and opportunities faced by both men and women in the engineering field through the perception of male and female engineers.
We hope that in the days to come, the engineering field will be more inclusive for all genders.
Happy International Women in Engineering Day, 2021!