I started a blog 2 years ago called Afriquanwoman. It has been closed down for a little over a year whilst I have put my energies into a different direction and also re-establish what direction Afriquanwoman needs to go. In the meantime, I thought it would be great to revisit why it inspired me so much.
Afriquanwoman is here to promote, support, inspire and celebrate women of African descent in engineering, science, technology and business. Why? Because a woman is an important part of any development effort. Secondly, much of the world’s achievements have been built upon the effort and contribution from the engineering and science world, woman can be a big part of this.
Afriquanwoman would like engineering to come back to the centre of society because it really does make a difference. How? Well, let us take a look at events which shake the world, particularly natural disasters. When disaster strikes, we hear about aid organisations such asRedR UK, MSF, search and rescue teams rushing to the aid of disaster victims. What impact do these groups make? Research suggests that these groups make a 3% impact when it comes to disaster relief. Engineering makes a 97% impact because infrastructure has been properly designed and built, not to collapse, but to be sustainable and durable enough to withstand inclement weather and conditions alike.
How? The infrastructure which enables relief efforts have been put in place by engineering. Transport systems, clean water and power are all essential in disaster relief efforts. For instance, where roads have been engineered properly, relief efforts have a way of reaching people most in need. And good engineering can radically reduce the impact of disasters. This is why engineering for development is very important to Afriquanwoman.
I endeavour to share more stories on inspirational African women in the coming weeks, and men too for that matter. If you know of someone you would like us to write about, please drop us a comment or two.
Part of the Inspirational African Women series
Featured photo credit: Espen Faugstad