Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2021
The Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the oldest professional UK body for women in engineering, has announced that the theme of this year’s International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), 23 June 2021, will be ‘Engineering Heroes’.
Now in its eighth year, International Women in Engineering Day, on 23 June, is the only day in the calendar that celebrates women in engineering and allied professions. It is coordinated from the UK by WES, which founded the event in 2014.
INWED is the world’s biggest initiative celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and allied roles. An annual international awareness-raising campaign and mass participation event, it has gone from strength to strength. In 2020 the potential global audience reach was more than 100 million people and the campaign hashtag trended #1 in the UK on the day.
It consists of hundreds of events, from talks, tours and debates to competitions, virtual site visits, videos and campaigns, all under the #INWED banner and organised by people around the world – from Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, to Nepal, Nigeria, Ecuador, USA and Australia, among many other countries. In 2020, INWED turned wholly to digital engagement and proved equally, if not more, successful in its global reach.
Latest figures show that just under 13% of the engineering workforce is female. INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented in their professions. As the only platform of its kind, it plays a vital role in encouraging more girls and young women to take up engineering careers.
Visit www.wes.org.uk for more information.