Women Engineers: Empowering Rural Women and Girls

When, local time: 
Friday, 9 March 2018 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Категория 8-Симпозиум
Contact: 
Rovani Sigamoney r.sigamoney@unesco.org

UNESCO, together with the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018, are organising an event on Women in Engineering - Empowering Rural Women and Girls.

This symposium will be an opportunity to examine the under-representation of women in engineering, what engineering can do to improve the lives of rural women and girls in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and successful case-studies of women in engineering.

The outcomes and recommendations from this meeting will be discussed at the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62 in New York on 21 March 2018.

Register here

 

Time Event
08.30am Coffee Break and Networking
09.00am

Master of Ceremonies – Rovani Sigamoney, UNESCO Engineering Programme

Opening Addresses:

  • Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO (TBC)
  • Marlene Kanga, President of the World Federation of Engineering Organization
09.20am

Women in Science and Gender Equality – a UNESCO perspective: Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, Director, Division for Gender Equality, UNESCO

09.30am Key Note Speaker: Ms. Shaesta Waiz, First female certified civilian pilot from Afghanistan who inspires girls and young women worldwide to dream big, and achieve more – especially in the fields of aviation and STEM
10.00am

Session 1: Empowering Rural Women and Girls in Engineering for Sustainable Development

This round-table will discuss the under-representation of women in engineering, what engineering can do to improve the lives of rural women and girls in relation to the SDGs and successful case-studies of women in engineering. The outcomes and recommendations from this meeting will be discussed at the Commission on the Status of Women CSW 62 in New York on 21 March 2018.

Panel Discussion:

Moderator:

Valerie Ifueko Agberagba, Vice-President WFEO, Women in Engineering

Panelist

Madame Wu Qidi, ex-Minister of Education, China and Vice-Chairperson of the International Centre of Engineering Education (ICEE)

Elizabeth Poliitzer : Founder/Director, Portia Ltd and Founder Gender Summit

Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Past President, WFEO, ISTIC-UNESCO

H. E. Mr George Imbanga Godia, Ambassador of Kenya to UNESCO

Engr Felicia Agubata, President, Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria

11.00am

WFEO WIE  Projects

Valerie Ifueko Agberagba, Vice-President WFEO, Women in Engineering

Stacey DelVecchio: Secretary, CWIE

  1. Unveiling of the CWIE/CEIT Innovation Competition
  2. Short picture Doc. On WIE
  3. Recognition & Awards
11.15am Developing Capacity for sustainable rural infrastructure  Yashin Brijmohan , Dean of Engineering, Monash University, South Africa, Vice-President of WFEO Committee on Capacity-building in Engineering
11.15am

Panel 2: Where are we heading: significant developments

Moderator: Ms Lyn Boyd-Judson, UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics Education, director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and executive director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights

Panelists:

  • Mr Mikel Mancisidor, UN Treaty Body Independent Expert, Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, and visiting professor at the University of Deusto and at the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme René Cassin, Strasbourg
  • Mr Sebastian Porsdam Mann, Postdoc, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School
11.25am

UNESCO/WomEng One Million Girls in STEM campaign – Hema Vallabh, WomEng

11.35am

11 :35  Launch of the 2018 GEM Report Gender Review: Accountability for gender equality in education- Priyadarshani Joshi, Researcher, UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report

The event will present the latest findings and analysis from the Global Education Monitoring Report’s  2018 Gender Review followed by an interactive question and answer session. The discussions will centre around the need for equal education to garner gender equality in leadership and in the workplace, tying multiple goals within the Sustainable Development Agenda together. The 2018 Gender Review also examines who is accountable for achieving gender equality in education and how states can be held accountable if they do not fulfil those responsibilities and respect gender rights.

11.55am

Closing Remarks

            Doug Nakashima, Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity-building