WomEng hosted a 2-day leadership development and training workshop in Blantyre, Malawi for the local team of female engineers and engineering students on 22 Novemebr 2018. This is part of the Royal Academy of Engineering GCRF Africa Catalyst Grant that was awarded to WomEng in 2018 for Capacity Building for Women in Engineering Bodies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project aims to increase the capacity of engineering bodies to promote gender diversity and relevance within engineering and engineering professionals in Africa.
Facilitated by WomEng Global Programme Co-ordinator Aditi Lachman, the workshop focused on developing and training the Malawi Institution of Engineers (MIE) Women in Engineering chapter to develop an outreach plan on the implementation of WomEng programmes in Malawi for 2019. Dr Theresa Mkandawire, Dean of Engineering at the University of Malawi Polytechnic emphasised the importance of encouraging more young females in Malawi to take an interest in engineering from a young age, hence the importance of the WomEng programmes.
WomEng is also working with professional engineering bodies in Tanzania, eSwatini and Zimbabwe on this project over the next 2 years. The ultimate goal is to improve the number of registered female engineers in sub-Saharan Africa.