The shortage of engineers is a global issue. The lack of women engineers has been of particular concern with women being grossly underrepresented at 11% of the engineering workforce. It is an opportunity to create gender parity and help our clients to create a diverse engineering workforce to meet current and future challenges. We are also contributing to the SDGs by creating gender parity, getting girls access to education by developing a robust and diverse engineering workforce, we are assisting in tackling the global goals which require engineering solutions including energy, smart cities, climate change and reducing inequality.
With women being such an integral focus both implicitly and explicitly, we could infer that gender equality will be the decisive factor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), together with the role that STEM and STEM professionals will play around infrastructure, climate and poverty reduction. Combining STEM and gender will create the win-win combination to achieve the majority of the SDGs.