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“To build a better future worldwide through full and effective participation of women and girls in all aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.”
What is INWES ?
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.
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 Organizational, 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 organizations.
Who can join INWES ?
- Organizational Members: Not-for-profit organizations 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.
How does INWES operate ?
- A triennial meeting of Members to elect Directors to the Board and transact business.
- An elected Board of Directors of organizations, 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. under the by-law No. 1 8th of July 2014 Signed INWES CNCA BYLAW
- 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 analyze 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 Organizational 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 organizations 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 Board Members 2018-2020
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||Gail G. Mattson
||American Association for the Advancement of Science – AAAS (USA)|
||Women’s Engineering Society – WES (UK)|
|Secretary General||Caroline Thoruwa
||African Women in Science and Engineering – AWSE (Kenya)|
|Treasurer||Sylvia S. Kegel
||German Association of Women Engineers – DIB (Germany)|
|Vice President, Industry and Enterprise
||EPF School of Engineering (France)|
|Vice President, External Relations
||Swiss Engineering (Swiss)|
|Vice President, Conferences
||Jung Sun Kim
||Dongseo University (Korea)|
|Vice President, Educational and Research
||Women in Science and Engineering India -WISE (India)|
||Association des Femmes Ingenieurs et Scientifiques au Cameroun – AFISC||French Speaking Africa (Cameroon)|
||Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Mongilia – WSTEM||Central Asia (Mongolia)|
||EPF School of Engineering||Western Europe (France)|
||German Association of Women Engineers – DIB||Western Europe (German)|
|Jung Sum Kim
||Dongseo University||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
||University of Warwick||Western Europe (UK)|
|Kong-Joo Lee||Individual||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
|Wai Yie Leong
||The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia – IEM||South East Asia (Malaysia)|
|Gail G. Mattson
||American Association for the Advancement of Science – AAAS||North America (USA)|
||Japan Network of Women Engineers and Scientists – JNWES||Far East Asia (Japan)|
||Women’s Engineering Society – WES||Western Europe (UK)|
||The Association of Korean Woman Scientists and Engineers – KWSE||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
|Uduakobong Aniebiat Okon
||Organization for Promoting African Girls in Engineering, Science Technology Education – OPAGESTE||English Speaking Africa (Nigeria)|
||Swiss Engineering||Western Europe (Swiss)|
||Women in Science and Engineering India – WISE
||South Asia (India)|
||L’Association des Femmes pour la promotion des Sciences et de la Technologie au Senegal – AFSTECH||French Speaking Africa (Senegal)|
||African Women in Science and Engineering – AWSE
||English Speaking Africa (Kenya)|
||The Society of Taiwan Women in Science and Technology – TWiST||Far East Asia (Taiwan)|
“Strengthen the capacity of individuals, organizations, university/institute, and corporations to influence policies in STEM worldwide and encourage the education, recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of professional women and students through an international network of organizations and experts.”