ECG Chapter of WINE inaugrated

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) Chapter of the Women in Engineering (WINE), a network of practising and students female engineers within the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GHIE), has been launched in Accra.

It thus becomes the first chapter to be created at a workplace as all other chapters were based at various educational institutions.

At a ceremony yesterday, Mrs Carlien Bou-Chedid, President of GHIE, said the importance of engineers to development could not be overemphasised as they promote infrastructural development and lead the drive towards growth and innovation.

As a sector mostly dominated by males, she said women engineers in the country have distinguished themselves despite societal obstacles and impediments and have contributed immensely to Ghana’s quest to improve infrastructure.

“The challenges that women engineers have faced in the past have varied from time to time. Low salaries as compared to our male counterparts and identifying best means to manage both life and work demands have always been challenges. Again, workplace discrimination, and unfavourable organisational politics as well as unwillingness to take the tough decisions have all blighted the career path of many female engineers. In all of these, we have stood our grounds and maintained professional excellence,” she stated.

In order to encourage more women into engineering practice, Mrs Bou-Chedid called for training and re-training of members to equip members of new technologies as well as mentoring for female engineers at all stages of their career.

She urged government to ensure foreign engineers do not damage local capacity but rather transfer of skills and knowledge.

Executive Director of GHIE, Kwabena Agyei Agyapong, urged female engineers to support the fight against sexual harassment by naming and shaming male supervisors who demand for sex in return for workplace favours.

He said the GHIE was ready to support female engineers who report of sexual harassment stating that it would use all available means to protect members and grow in the profession.

He cautioned engineers against accepting to work in areas outside of their competence and skills and added that the institution would raise the red flag on members who engage in such practices.

As part of their activities, Dr Enyonam Fafa Kpekpena, President of ECG WINE, noted that the chapter would, in the coming days, hold career guidance and counselling session for wards of ECG workers at all regional level and establish a structured training programme for female interns and national service personnel at the ECG.

Additionally, she said the group would establish a workforce internship programme for female engineering practitioners within the ECG.

Mr Samuel Boakye Appiah, Managing Director of ECG, pledged that his outfit would ensure that opportunities exist for both males and females without discrimination.

By Claude Nyarko Adams

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