"In the past year the world has experienced both home and abroad abusive language towards women.
This is why we at NAWIC are gathering and promoting the women and their status.
Amongst the guests attended planners, architects, engineers,,landscape architects, building surveyors, real estate and property, developers, quantity surveyor, document controllers, site managers, project managers.
At NAWIC, we proactively study areas where there is room for improvement and develop ideas and tools that can make a difference to both our peers and their environment. We don’t do this in isolation; we collaborate with leading companies, institutes and associations.
Our key targets are: A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field in the industry. Ending the stereotypes.
Now I would like to introduce the committee members and ask them to kindly stand up. You will recognise them by the purple badge. Please ask them what we do and how we do it.
Our sponsors tonight were Karen Fugle from the Sleeping Giant from our business Breakfast club , Cristina Lanz Azcarate form Atelier Eura , Hardwicke offered a gold sponsorship.
2 events to launch the project ‘image of the women in the construction industry'
2 Education events
10 business breakfast club events
4 workshops about public speaking
1x pre-mipim networking event
2x members only networking events
5x site visits
2 x environmental events
3 awards women in construction
For a volunteering organisation with 12 active committee members we totaled 31 events for just one year.
Our flagship projects has been ’the image of women in the construction industry’. We have teamed up with photographer Morley von Sternberg for a photographic book that will reflect the person : properly, engaged in the moment, in order to showcase who they really are, their passion, not only the fact that they are women working in construction. To accompany each image, there will be a mini interview to be carried out as a discussion to really connect through the photographing process.
- The project's aim is to show the the audacity and strength of those women in order to inspire others to join the industry.
- We want to show the younger generation that construction can be an excellent career choice.
Our initial posts on LinkedIn have raised a lot of interest and so we want to set the principles of our strategy here to clarify and encourage participation: We are looking for sponsors to help complete the project. So far Morley has photographs 170 women in their work environment.
Our chair, Cristina Lanz Azcarate, took us through a brief overview of the past year and a forecast for the next year
Shortly a presentation was followed by Eirini Garoufalia - head of education at London &South East Region
Katy Dowding on how the construction industry is changing
This was a very inspiring and heart warming evening. We hope our guests have enjoyed as much as we have. We would like to thank again all the volunteers who made it happen: Cristina Lanz- Azcarate for helping to the last minute organise it all, the treasurer Anna Nasalska dealing with the payments, Marianna Bia dealing with the tickets. The committee is not paid for this job and we do as and when we can fitting, life, family and career pressures.