Initiative. Improved training is now incorporating women
The Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers (UIPE) has said it has embarked on registering all female engineers and technicians in the country so as to ensure that they take an active role in the development of the country.
While opening a three-day women engineer’s registration enhancement workshop yesterday, Dr Dorothy Okello, the President UIPE said all government projects aimed at achieving Vision 2040, are anchored on engineering yet women engineers are not featuring anywhere despite proving that they are good managers where ever they are placed to work.
“We want to ensure that women engineers feature in all government projects because we have that capacity, it is not possible that we have only 1,000 engineers in the whole yet they have a key role to play in the oil and gas sector, ICT, energy and water,” she said.
She explained that both male and female Ugandan engineers are technically competent and when you look at the sectors to deliver vision 2040, they are all engineering fields but the institute has been left wondering where most of the engineers graduating from the country are.
Asked what the problem could be, Dr Micheal Odongo the chairman Engineers’ Registration Board, attributed absence of most engineers to social factors specifically the profession being a male dominated profession, that has blocked women engineers from going to active practice.
“We are now engaging and listening to them. It is not about women not being there, but we have policies and procedures to follow for one to be counted as an engineer to practice legally,” he said.
Eng Monica Ntege Azuba, the minister of Transport and Works, told the female engineers that there have been many improvements in the training to boost their participation in the profession.