IGEday (short for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day) is an annual event in March organized by the Womengineer Foundation.
Companies and organizations are invited to open their doors for young girls and intergender (13-19 years old) to show them the life of an engineer. Companies plan the day themselves and host it at their own location. The participants choose between a wide range of companies all over Sweden.
What impact does IGEday have?
After last year’s IGEday, 78% of all participants said that they could consider themselves being engineers.
After 2018 years event the
2015 was the first year that the Womengineer Foundation organized IGEday. That year only 13 companies participated and approximately 300 girls. However, ever since that day, the figures have increased year by year. In 2019, IGEday had 1869 participants all over Sweden, visiting more than 110 companies.
Why is IGEday important?
IGEday is important as it contributes to reaching UNs Sustainability Goals, and especially #4, #5 and #10. 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.”