Women launch engineering section

ACTING President Inonge Wina has launched the first-ever Zambia Women in Engineering Section (ZWES) with a call to increase the number of women in the engineering sector in Zambia.
Mrs Wina said in Lusaka yesterday that the need to involve women in matters of development like engineering has increased the world over as evidenced by the number of pronouncements made to support women’s participation.
Mrs Wina, who was represented by Minister of Energy and Water Development Dora Siliya, said women participation in engineering has steadily grown over the years thus the need for them to have a voice and the section.
ZWES is a section under the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).
To remain relevant, Mrs Wina said ZWES should affiliate to other regional and international women engineering institutions to leverage on their experiences and opportunities.
She said ZWES should identify challenges that prevent girls from pursuing careers in engineering and endeavour to overcome such challenges.
“ZWES and EIZ should come up with programmes [through the relevant institutions and organisations] to not only recruit girls into engineering, but also to ensure retention of the women who enter the profession,” she said.
And EIZ president Bernard Chiwala said ZWES is an initiative by women engineers to increase women participation in engineering activities and also encourage more girls to take up engineering as a career.
And ZWES interim president Engineer Lt Col Lillian Muwina said without political will, engineering will still remain a men-dominated career.