WomEng going Global
It started out as SAWomEng, an ideal and dream that we could revolutionise the face of engineering by "motivating, empowering and celebrating women in engineering". Little did we know, that 10 years later, we would! WomEng today is on the brink of creating major change in the world. We started from humble beginnings in South Africa, and so it was a surreal feeling to stand infront of a room full of bright female Kenyan engineering students and launch the WomEng Kenya Fellowship. It seemed as only yesterday, we were doing the same thing in South Africa. But it has been 9 years, and in that time, we have launched several programs and undergone a name change to represent the global nature of the work we do here.
Currently, we have GirlEngers (high school girls we inspired to be engineerings) graduating from universities as engineers. I still get goosebumps when Im approached by a GirlEnger who says she is an engineer because of WomEng. Our fellowship programs has become a model to bridge the gap between university and industry by developing socially concious engineers using technology to solve the worlds greatest challenges. So it would be a natural progression to start launching programs globally. There has been such a demand for an op-the-ground solution to develop female engineering talent. As such, WomEng has answered the call. Over the next 2 years, we have an ambitious strategy to scale wide and scale deep. That includes developing robust programs on the ground in each country we operate and develop programs in new countries. We targeting Nigeria, Turkey, Singapore and the UK and as such it is an exciting time for the organisation. As we grow, we remain true to our vision, to revolutionise the face of engineering, and create socially concious female engineers who will go on to design a better world.
- Naadiya Moosajee, WomEng Co-Founder