The mission of INWES is “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.
The International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES) was established to strengthen the capacity of individuals, organizations, and corporations to influence policies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) worldwide, and to encourage the education, recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of professional women and students through an international network of organizations and experts.
The INWES Education and Research Institute, a charitable organization in Canada and a not-for-profit 501c3 in the USA, was formed to advance education in the fields of STEM and to expand the reach of INWES through funding of charitable projects.
The goal of INWES is to build a better future worldwide through full and effective participation of women and girls in all aspects of STEM.
This goal will be accomplished by:
- Becoming an influential voice on STEM issues for the benefit of women, gender equity, and society.
- Increasing the presence of women in mainstream STEM decision-making bodies.
- Promoting exchange of information, networking, advocacy, and opportunities through a number of global and regional events and projects.
History of INWES
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 June 2019, INWES represents 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 all INWES members and supporters of INWES.
Who can join 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.
- Network Members: Not-for-profit organizations and associations supporting women in STEM, including women in STEM groups.
- Individual Members: Students or professionals interested or engaged in STEM and who support the aims of INWES.
- University/Institute Members: Universities or educational institutes who teach and support women in STEM.
As of 2019, commercial organisations can no longer join as members but are encouraged to set up women in STEM groups which can join INWES as network members. Businesses, companies, corporates are welcomed as supporters of INWES: donations and in-kind support are sought for INWES events and conferences including ICWES, and activities of INWES and its Regional Networks.
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, and individuals, representing all regions of the world.
- Activities conducted through committees:
- Policies and by-laws
- Fund development
- Regional networks
- And special programs
- INWES is operated by the INWES Policies & Procedures Manual, under the By-laws No. 1 approved 8th of July 2014 INWES CNCA Bylaws
- 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
- Establish regional networks to facilitate connections and links across regions sharing similar issues
- Provide leadership to the regional network and its members
- Advance the objectives of INWES in the region
- Support organisations representing women in STEM in the region
- Grow the activities and membership of INWES in the region
Exchange of information
- Establish a worldwide web portal for information on women in STEM including links to INWES members
- 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
- Establish links to relevant databases about STEM careers, education, and research
- Encourage countries and members to collect and analyze data on gender and STEM
- Provide an international voice for women in STEM careers
- Collaborate with UNESCO and UN Women 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 2017-2020
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)|
|Past-President (resigned*)||Kong-Joo Lee*||Individual (Korea)|
|Deputy President||Sarah M.C. Peers||Individual (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||Liliane Dorveaux||EPF School of Engineering (France)|
|Vice President, External Relations||Yvette Ramos||Swiss Engineering (Swiss)|
|Vice President, Conferences||Jung Sun Kim||Dongseo University (Korea)|
|Vice President, Educational and Research||Seema Singh||Women in Science and Engineering India -WISE (India)|
|Aude Abena||Association des Femmes Ingenieurs et Scientifiques au Cameroun – AFISC||French Speaking Africa (Cameroon)|
|Undram Chinbat||Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Mongolia – WSTEM||Central Asia (Mongolia)|
|Liliane Dorveaux||EPF School of Engineering||Western Europe (France)|
|Sylvia Kegel||German Association of Women Engineers – DIB||Western Europe (German)|
|Jung Sum Kim||Dongseo University||Far East Asia (South Korea)|
|Georgia Kremmyda||University of Warwick||Western Europe (UK)|
|Kong-Joo Lee (2017-February 2019*)||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)|
|Aguri Nakano||Japan Network of Women Engineers and Scientists – JNWES||Far East Asia (Japan)|
|Sarah M.C. Peers||Individual||Western Europe (UK)|
|Haryoung Poo||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)|
|Yvette Ramos||Swiss Engineering||Western Europe (Swiss)|
|Seema Singh||Women in Science and Engineering India – WISE||South Asia (India)|
|Rokhaya Solange||L’Association des Femmes pour la promotion des Sciences et de la Technologie au Senegal – AFSTECH||French Speaking Africa (Senegal)|
|Caroline Thoruwa||African Women in Science and Engineering – AWSE||English Speaking Africa (Kenya)|
|Chia-Li Wu||The Society of Taiwan Women in Science and Technology – TWiST||
Far East Asia (Taiwan)
|Nadia Souissi||The Association of Women Engineers – ATFI (Tunisia)||
Middle East North Africa, MENA Network
* NB: INWES Past President, Kong Joo Lee, resigned in February 2019 to take up the post of Adviser to the President for Science and Technology, a government post in South Korea.
The Board of INWES aims “To 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.”