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This date aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The Academy will mark World Disability Day on 3 December (known formally as United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities), as means to acknowledge the barriers faced by disabled engineers alongside showcasing Academy toolkits and resources to increase diversity and inclusion.
The Academy’s annual diversity and inclusion event will take place on 28 January 2020. This event will share findings from the Academy’s latest research on the gender pay gap in engineering, highlighting effective evidence-based actions concerning recruitment, retention and career progression to help engineering organisations, of all sizes, develop a meaningful action plan to close their gender pay gap. This event will also include workshops on inclusive team working, how to be an effective ally, and how to use data to effect change. Find out more here.
LGBT History Month
February provides an opportunity to highlight lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) engineers and current and historic barriers to inclusion. It is a chance to present positive examples and tools that can help to develop a more inclusive culture within engineering for LGBT engineers.
In the UK, LGBT history month is celebrated annually in February to coincide with abolition of section 28 of the local government act in 2003 that made it illegal to ‘promote homosexuality’ in education. See more about the 2019 LGBT History Month campaign.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality.
The Academy's Fellowship contains many of the world's leading female engineers. Ready some of the inspiring stories they have to tell: how they got into engineering, their career highlights, and what more needs to be done to achieve equality. The profiles celebrate women’s engineering achievements while also encouraging industry to work together for fair recruitment, effective retention, fair pay and career progression.
The Academy will actively support International Women in Engineering Day (INWED)
See the 2019 resource pack created by INWED with contributions from the Academy
National Inclusion Week took place 23-29 September 2019.
Black History Month
Since 1987, Black History Month has been celebrated every October in the UK. The event is formally recognised by the government and highlights Black history, culture, arts and contributions to the economic, social and political landscape of the UK. The Academy works with some of the world's leading BAME engineers. Read some of their stories, including how they got into engineering, their career highlights, and their thoughts on what more needs to be done to encourage BAME engineering leaders of the future.
Events giving employers the opportunity to engage directly with diverse engineering students will take place between September and December. For more information contact us.
Some of the previous events can be found here.