This year’s theme is #EachforEqual with the focus of ‘Collective Individualism’. This is the notion that our individual actions, behaviours and mindsets have an impact on the larger society. Collectively we can drive change to create a gender-equal world.
Gender diversity remains a key issue within the engineering industry as only 12% of the engineering workforce are women (source: Engineering UK). We are committed to promoting engineering and technology career paths to women and girls to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce.
In 2019 we launched our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. For many years we have focused our EDI efforts on gender diversity. Whilst the strategy focuses on multiple diversity strands, we still maintain a focus upon gender so that we can continue to work towards inclusion and equal opportunity for all.
Gender equality has already been an important focus for many of our campaigns tackling the skills shortage, such as Smash stereotypes to bits, 9% is not enough and Portrait of an engineer. As well as our Young Woman Engineer of the Year awards that take place annually to recognise the female talent in order to provide real-life role models for young girls to aspire to.
International Women’s Day, Sunday 8 March, will launch our call for entries for our 2020 Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. To find out how to enter/nominate visit our YWE website.
We want you to get involved to help us celebrate International Women’s Day 2020! Share your pictures of the women who inspire you using the hashtag #IETSheInspiresMe and mention us on social media @theiet !
We will also be proudly celebrating International Men’s Day on Thursday 19 November 2020.