Female Engineers Emerges in Africa

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    Tanzania pursues to become the fastest growing city in Africa, more women are stepping up to become registered as professional engineers.

    An intern at a consulting engineering firm, a 27-year-old electrical engineer is focused on designing sockets and wiring for a new office building. Finding this job was not easy. It was difficult for her to find training as an engineer and employers would ask: ‘Can this one really work? She is a woman.

    Miraji is among the 441 women who have received a monthly grant and mentoring through the Structured Engineers Apprenticeship Program SEAP to complete their training as engineers.

    Tanzania’s Engineering Registration Board ERB initiated the program in 2003, and to boost the number of female engineers launched the Female Engineers Capacity-Building Program, with funding from the Norwegian government, in 2010. Since then, the percentage of female engineers in Tanzania has more than doubled, from 4 percent of professionals to 9 percent.

    ERB officials say the monthly allowance they provide makes it possible for women to finish their training and qualify for jobs while still supporting their families. This has a knock-on effect for the economy as a whole. When the women are registered as engineers, they go to work in the government or private companies, and many get higher positions. They help the economy of the country.There’s a strong link between a country’s engineering capacity and its economic development. With qualified engineers to design not only bridges and roads but also digital infrastructure, the productivity of a country will increase, it states. Sub-Saharan African countries could boost their engineering sector by employing more female engineers.

    This growing workforce of female engineers will be important in the demand for innovative solutions as Africa embraces 21st-century initiatives.

    We can see that many women are interested in and capable of becoming engineers and that can sustain directly into the industrialization agenda of Tanzania. In little or no time different group of people could come up with new ideas.

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