APWEN delegates at the International Sisters meetings (middle) Engr Hauwa Sadique (President-elect APWEN
The name below with J-Win from Japan
Nigerian Delegates with their Japanese Counterparts
One of the little known engineering organisations in Nigeria making silent progress is the Association of Professional Women in Engineering. An Association with focus on advancing the cause and welfare of female Engineers in the country.
Some years back, it is very uncommon to see women at the forefront in Engineering practices. Many who had engineering education were not able to rise in the profession while others ended up as clerks or secretary serving the boss in office while many moved into management or non engineering practice altogether.. Where they were able to compete the salary package in comparison to their male counterparts.
And then came the a group of six women led by Engr V. C. Maduka who are not satisfied with status quo and were determined to make positive impact, not just for their own era but for the generation of female engineers to come. They set out to foprm a pressure group to champion the right of practicing women in engineering. This gave birth to what is now known as Association of Professional Women Engineering in Nigeria in 1982.
The establishment of APWEN was a big statement from the few women in engineering that they were not willing to play second fiddle in the profession and that they strive to operate on equal terrain as their male counterparts. Our women want to be on the firld and in the thick of engineering action where they are duly qualified.
Since then, the organisation have grown in leap and compound and become the flagship of Women engineering practice. It has also become a vibrant division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and often found to be among the top 5 in the annual Engineering group dynamic competition organised by the NSE.
From 6 founding members to over 1000 registered professional members, teh Association have spread it tentacles to the Universities where it encourage female engineering students to study to practice and mentor them to prepare for the challenges of entering world of engineering after graduation.
It also have adopted the ctahc them young mantra for girls in secondary schools where it organised various competition and STEM programmes across the country to motivate the girls into taking up career in engineering. mentoring and incentives to.
Other practicing women in engineering who are yet to be registered as professional engineers are being strongly encouraged and assisted to meet the requirements by both the NSE and COREN to become registered.
Of significant achievement is the rise of women in engineering leadership. Women are now not just active in APWEN but also in Branches and Divisions of NSE. They are becoming Chairpersons of NSE Branches and also more conspicuous at the National Council. The current NSE national Executive for instance has the presence of three women one of who was Vice President in Person of Engr Erelu Oguntala, Engr Aishatu Umar and Engr Ezioku Nkem. A train blasted by Engr J. O. Maduka when she became the first female NSE vice President.
Many more are admittedly going to emerge in coming years. for now, let us celebrate this new generation of women leadership and hope they make us all proud
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