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The Society of Women Engineers understands the value to partnering with national and regional entities in various countries around the world in order to support the personal and professional development of women engineers wherever they are. Today, we feature our SWE Sister, the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), and recognize their accomplishments in supporting current and future women engineers in Nigeria.
For young girls in secondary school in Nigeria, APWEN hosts a variety of career talks and engineering competitions to encourage girls to pursue a degree in engineering. Gift Omone, a student at Holy Child College said, “I wanted to become a doctor but now influenced to study engineering.” Another secondary student that participated in Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day that attends the Ireti Grammar School stated, “I thought engineering was for boys, I got a different understanding now.”
For women working in the engineering field, APWEN offers opportunities for networking, education, industrial visits, scholarships, and mentoring. Most recently, members visited International Breweries in Ilesha, Nigeria and Unilever in Agbara, Nigeria as part of an organized industrial tour to learn more about engineering roles and companies that hire engineers.