An invitation from Engineers Australia’s National President, Trish White
I invite you to join me in celebrating and supporting women in engineering with Engineers Australia’s International Women’s Day events around Australia in March 2019.
Engineers Australia is working towards a profession that better reflects the communities we serve, and that draws equally on the skills and talents of both men and women at all levels of seniority.
We can’t do this alone. Employers, governments, universities and individuals all need to work together to promote greater diversity and inclusion in our profession, and in STEM more generally.
Currently, just 13.6 per cent of the engineering labour force are women – and half of the women who qualify as engineers never work in the profession.
We believe that, with sustained effort, this can change.
Engineers Australia encourages industry leaders to identify, nurture and promote the talented women in their ranks; to take concrete steps to address inequality of opportunity and of pay; and to publicise the achievements of women engineers.
In 2018, thousands of people from our profession turned out to celebrate International Women’s Day at our events and hear directly from the men and women leading the charge for a more diverse engineering profession.
In 2019, Engineers Australia’s Centenary year, I invite you to be one of them.
Trish White FIEAust CPEng EngExec FAICD
Board Chair and National President
Engineers Australia’s White Ribbon Accreditation
Engineers Australia believes in fair and inclusive workplaces for all.
Engineers Australia CEO, Peter McIntyre, has made diversity a priority, and is a Male Champion of Change in STEM, advocating for better gender balance within the engineering profession.
Engineers Australia has also made a number of changes to its own workplace policies and introduced a number of diversity targets.
We are now taking a further step by working towards accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace and playing our part to drive national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women.
The accreditation program builds on existing gender equality and diversity initiatives, providing the tools to strengthen a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of the organisation.
By participating in the initiative, Engineers Australia will be better equipped to support all employees in challenging inappropriate behaviour and strengthening gender equality within the broader community.
For more information see whiteribbon.org.au