IGEday (short for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day) is an annual event in March organized by Womengineer. Companies and organizations are invited to open their doors for young girls (13-19 years old) to show them the life of an engineer. This is done to increase the numbers of females in the engineering profession in Sweden.
2015 was the first year that Womengineer organized IGEday. The idea came from a similar event in the US, hosted by the National Engineers Week Foundation (now DiscoverE). That year only 13 companies participated and approximately 300 girls. However, ever since that day, the figures have increased year by year. This year, 2019, 1886 girls participated all over Sweden visiting more than 110 companies.
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IGEday is important as it contributes to reaching UNs Sustainability Goals, and especially #5 Gender Equality. Womengineer believes that a diversified engineering workforce is beneficial for sustainable growth. As UN declares “Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”