No more softly, softly: it's time for real change
In this symposium, organised by ProBE (Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment), we will identify what can be done to increase the participation of women in the construction industry with the help of researchers, academics, employers, trade unions, and those from women’s organisations and local authorities from the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia.
Despite the attempt to improve the situation in the past decades, there has been little change for both the engineering and the operative workforce.
At the symposium we will present projects from across the world that have shown some success, examine of the reasons for this, and discuss what is needed to shift an exclusive, male-dominated industry into an inclusive and diverse sector, composed of a range of green-collar professionals.
The symposium offers the opportunity for an informed, critical, open and international discussion with a range of professionals, employers, employees, trade unionists, academics, researchers and all those interested in participating.
This is an old but still current subject and this issue is becoming ever more urgent. We hope that the outcomes of our discussions can inform policy and challenge the current unsatisfactory system.