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International Women in Engineering Day 2017

31 March 2017

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) takes place on 23rd June. Set up in 2014 to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the Women’s Engineering Society this international, awareness day focuses attention on the amazing careers in engineering and technical roles for girls.

Kirsten Bodley, Interim CEO of Women's Engineering Society says: "We're really pleased to have so much support for International Women in Engineering Day this year and aim to increase our reach to a wider audience with our theme of 'Men as Allies', raising the profile of the opportunities available to women in engineering.  We're also delighted to be working with The Daily Telegraph to announce the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 as part of the INWED17 celebrations on 23rd June."

The aim is to influence society as a whole by focusing positive attention on the role of engineering, and in particular the part that women in engineering play and the career opportunities that exist. Much international publicity has been generated. In 2015 and 2016 there were several non-UK events and in 2017 the Society would like participation to spread more widely beyond the UK, with an ultimate aim of having it be recognised as a Global Day to celebrate women’s achievements in engineering. Even without official global promotion, the previous years saw participation from Kuwait, India, Ireland and South Africa, and more countries made further enquiries. Already in 2017 we have had enquiries from the United States, Canada, Ireland and Malaysia and we fully expect these countries to be supporting the day with events.

"Through the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) we are encouraging other European countries, particularly those with no local date celebrating women engineers, to take up INWED. INWED aims to make the day international, however, our ethos is to ensure our promotional activities support rather than replace any existing international days already in place in these nations. 

In 2017 we will again see a partnership with The Daily Telegraph to announce the Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35. This will be coordinated by the Daily Telegraph and with partners including Bechtel, Scottish Power and BAE Systems. Nominations close on 12th May 2017.