The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) was formed by six women engineers led by Engr. (Mrs.) J. O. Maduka in 1982, and was formally inaugurated in 1983. It was originally meant to be a pressure group since most men hiring engineers then would rather have women in the kitchen, and not on construction sites or behind the desk carrying out engineering designs.
APWEN is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), a non-governmental umbrella body for all engineers in Nigeria. But unlike the other divisions, APWEN is made up of professional female engineers in all disciplines of engineering. APWEN also has University Student (collegiate) membership.
Nurturing a technologically developed nation with women engineers as key players.
Encourage, Enhance, Excel.
APWEN continues to be the vanguard for women in engineering as we deliver programmes that propagate our motto:- ENCOURAGE, ENHANCE, EXCEL by:
- encouraging women engineers to grow our professional careers and attain our potentials in engineering; and encouraging the girl-child in the study of sciences ultimately leading to choice of engineering as a profession
- enhancing the competence of women engineers through professional development, mentorship and networking
- providing a platform for female engineering students and women engineers to excel.
To be the catalyst for advacement of women in the engineering profession towards national and global technological development.
- To continuously increase awareness that engineering is also a career for girls, thereby increasing the numerical strength of female engineers.
- To encourage women to achieve professional excellence as engineers and leaders.
- To promote the engineering profession as a positive force in enhancing the quality of life.
Our Membership Benefits:
- Professional development programmes
- Seminars, Workshops, Trainings and Conferences
- National and International Networking Opportunities
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Awards and recognition for practising engineers, students and educators.
APWEN is a sister organisation to the USA Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a member of the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES).
To this end, APWEN's annual activity schedule comprises:
- Girl-child programmes aimed at generating interest in and passion for sciences in young females with the ultimate goal of encouraging more girls to study and subsequently practice engineering. Programmes in this category include:
- Introduce a Girl to Engineering
- Career Talks
- Science Competitions
- Take a Girl to work
2. Coaching and mentoring female engineering students, as well as creating the link between them, and potential employers
3. Professional development of practising women engineers through Seminars, Workshops, Technical Courses/Learning Interventions and Conferences
4. Networking at Industrial visits, Courtesy visits, and partnerships with international organisations such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in the United States of America, and the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientist (INWES).