Lesego Malope

UJ females in Engineering society

What does your company do?

The Females in Engineering Society at the University of Johannesburg is a vibrant and welcoming group dedicated to supporting women studying engineering. Our club aspires to promote an environment of support, mentoring, and advocacy to address the issues faced by female students in engineering. Aim Our primary goal is to promote gender diversity and equality in the engineering community. We aspire to establish a welcoming environment in which women can succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Objectives • Support: We give female engineering students a network of support, including guidance, mentorship, and resources to help them manage their academic and professional careers. • Empowerment: Through workshops, seminars, and events, we help women achieve in their studies, develop leadership abilities, and seek rewarding careers in engineering. • Advocacy: We campaign for gender-inclusive policies and practices at the institution and in the engineering industry, to promote a fairer and more inclusive environment. • Community Building: We develop a feeling of community among female engineering students by organizing social events, networking opportunities, and collaborative initiatives that promote companionship and unity. • Outreach: We engage in outreach programs to inspire and encourage girls and young women to pursue opportunities in engineering, breaking down preconceptions and barriers that hinder entry in the field. Goals 1. Increase the retention and graduation rates of female engineering students at the University of Johannesburg. 2. Facilitate professional development opportunities for members, including internships, job placements, and industry connections. 3. Cultivate a culture of diversity, inclusion, and respect within the engineering department and the wider university community. 4. Expand our reach and impact through partnerships with industry organizations, academic institutions, and community groups. 5. Empower women to become leaders and change-makers in the field of engineering, driving innovation and progress for future generations.

What is your biggest success?

My greatest achievement was to successfully register the society with the University of Johannesburg,And hosting a successful an official launch event.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Hosting the events has been tough due to lack of funds.