The conference presented a platform for more than 140 policymakers, female engineers, students and high school learners, to network and discuss empowerment of the girl child through education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, amongst others.
The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, delivered the keynote address and she appealed to all senior female engineers to mentor upcoming female engineers.
The Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Honourable Sankwasa James Sankwasa, commended the efforts being made by NAMWIE in assisting the government in realising the national development goals.
Namibia is one of 93 countries that has joined the UN Women program of ‘STEP IT UP’ for Gender Equality ‘PLANET 50-50’ by 2030. The percentage of Namibia’s female population is reported to be 51.37 percent, with 44 percent households being headed by this group, according to the 2016 World Bank Collection of Development Indicators.
At the conference, young established female engineers shared their success stories of how they entered this male-dominated field.
Their messages inspired students and learners in attendance, to follow-suit and persevere against all odds. The conference was organised by NAMWIE, with support from the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO, Nampower Foundation, the NAMWIE Student Chapter at NUST and the University of Namibia.
The Nampower Foundation pledged its support to the initiative, by availing a cheque valued at N$ 75 000.