What INWES is
INWES is a global network of organizations of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), reaching over 60 countries worldwide. INWES is a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Directors representing organization, corporate, University/Institute, and individual memberships.
At the World Conference on Science for the 21st Century, convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Science in Budapest, Article 90 was adopted encouraging special efforts to be made toward the establishment of an international network of women scientists and engineers. Through the support and encouragement of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and a successful grant from UNESCO, 20 women representing 10 countries and 8 organisations met in Canada, May 2001, to explore the creation of such a network.
In July 2002, the International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES12) delegates supported the creation of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES). The vote from representatives of 30 countries was unanimous. The following April 2003, INWES was incorporated as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Canada.
In November 2007, the INWES Educational and Research Institute was formed to advance education in the fields of STEM and to expand the reach of INWES through funding of special projects.
In April 2008, INWES became an official NGO partner of the operational type with UNESCO. This partnership involves a dynamic cooperation to help women and girls worldwide to have access to education, especially in Science and Engineering.
As of October 2008, INWES has 30 Organizational Members, two Corporate Members, four University/Institute Members, and 101 Individual Members, representing over 250,000 women from 60 countries around the globe.
Who Can Join INWES?
- Organisational Members: Not-for-profit organisations and associations supporting women in STEM
- Corporate Members: Businesses and corporations interested in or employing women in STEM
- Individual Members: Students or professionals interested or engaged in STEM
- University/Institute Members: Universities or educational institutes who teach and support women in STEM
Functions of INWES
- Provide a solid forum for international events and conferences for women in STEM
- Oversee triennial International Conferences (ICWES)
- Co-host Regional Conferences for Professional Development
- Work with host organisation/country on logistics,announcements, and publicity
Exchange of information
- Establish a worldwide web portal for information on women in STEM
- Encourage all countries to collect and analyse sex-disaggregated data
- Collect and disseminate information, including a newsletter
- Maintain a database of international events
- Reach people in different languages
- Post information about INWES and relevant networked associations
- Provide links to websites of Organisational and Corporate Members
- Establish links to relevant databases about STEM careers, education, and research
- Provide an international voice for women in STEM careers
- Collaborate with UNESCO and UNIFEM on international campaigns to raise awareness about STEM issues
- Ensure appropriate representation of women on international policy, decision-making fora, and panels
- Document and publicize the contributions of women in STEM worldwide
- Increase awareness, access to education, and career opportunities for girls and women
- Support the development of educational tools, training of teachers, and mentoring
- Share good practices among members by providing resources for professional development, and distribution of these materials
- Identify opportunities to collaborate with organisations and corporations in providing programs, projects, and events
INWES Educational and Research Institute
- Scholarship competition in developing countries
- Collection of best practices
- Gender resource tool
INWES Believes Strength is in Unity
If women are to have a significant voice, one that is heard by mainstream science and engineering on issues such as the environment, sustainable development, gender equity, and many other critical issues, then we must strive to state clearly and consistently our position and views in a united effort.
These objectives will be achieved through the collaboration between Organisational, Corporate, and Individual Members of INWES. By becoming a member you can help to create a better future for everyone, and participate in worldwide discussions on how to increase the impact of women’s voices in mainstream organisations.
How Does INWES Operate?
- A triennial meeting of Members to elect Directors to the Board and transact business.
- An elected Board of Directors of organisations, corporations, and individuals, representing all regions of the world.
- Network activities conducted through committees:
- Communications and Web Portal
- Fund Development
- INWES would be operated by INWES Policies & Procedures Manual.
Membership of the Board of INWES
INWES is run by an elected Board of Directors from all around the world and is home to several organizational members, corporate members, university/institute members, individual members, and sponsors.
|President||Kong-Joo Lee||Individual (South Korea)|
|President elect||Liette Vasseur||AFFESTIM (Canada)|
|Treasurer||Joan Graf||SWE (USA)|
|Secretary General||Margaret Ajibode||WES (UK)|
|Vice President||Gail G. Mattson||AAAS (USA)|
|Vice President||Marlene Kanga||Engineers Australia (Australia)|
|Vice President||Roseni Dearden||Individual (UK)|
|Durdana Habib||WESTIP||Central Asia (Pakistan)|
|Margaret Ajibode||WES||Western Europe (UK)|
|Rufina DABO SARR||AFSTech/Sénégal||French Speaking Africa (Senegal)|
|Roseni Dearden||Individual||Western Europe (UK)|
|Joan Graf||SWE||North America (USA)|
|Marlene Kanga||Engineers Australia||Australia and New Zealand (Australia)|
|Kong-Joo Lee||Individual||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
|Sylvia Kegel||DIB||Western Europe (German)|
|Caroline Thoruwa||AWSE||English Speaking Africa (Kenya)|
|Ewa Okon-Horodynska||Individual||Eastern Europe (Poland)|
|Seong Ok Han||KWSE||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
|Kayoko Sugahara||JNWES||Far East Asia (Japan)|
|Liette Vasseur||AFFESTIM||North America (Canada)|
||AFISC||French Speaking Africa (Cameroon)|
|Sangeeta Wij||WISE-India||South East Asia (India)|
||TWiST||Far East Asia (Taiwan)|
|Gail G. Mattson||AAAS||North America (USA)|
||Swiss Engineering||Western Europe (Swiss)|