Article

Interventions and pathways for South African women in engineering and the built environment professions

DOI: 10.1080/20421338.2017.1355585
Author(s): Christianah O. IjagbemiDepartment of Industrial Engineering, South Africa, Mukondeleli G. KanakanaDepartment of Industrial Engineering, South Africa, Harold M. CampbellDepartment of Industrial Engineering, South Africa

Abstract

Women engineers are known to be very resourceful, result-oriented, committed and hardworking. The low participation of women in engineering and the built environment professions has been taking its toll on the economic and infrastructural development of South Africa. The practice of engineering, which is accepted universally to be the bedrock of development of any nation, would have been more profound in South Africa, particularly, in the area of service provision, if women had been encouraged to enter and were retained in engineering and built environment careers. This paper discusses interventions and pathways required for more representation, participation and retention of South African women in the professional practice of engineering and the built environment, for meaningful advancement of the nation technologically and economically.

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