IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE)

IEEE Women In Engineering International Leadership Summit 2018 

A global high profile summit showcasing women talents who have accomplished phenomenal success in their respective fields be it business, technology, arts or humanitarian cause. To be held in Kerala for the first time ever, the conference seeks to celebrate womanhood by generating innovative ideas from technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, architects and humanitarians who are women and to develop strategies which aims for the wholesome development of women, especially in their life as a professional or in their pursuits of passion. On 7th and 8th of September, the golden shores of Kochi would be a host for the prolific women who have outshined and who would put their heads together with men to share their experiences and life journeys which would prove to be a trendsetter for the future WIE ILS Summits. You can anticipate a lifetime empowering experience for women of all genres! So if you want to learn the mantras to be chanted for achieving that edge in life for enlightening the world – Be there for sure, at Kochi!

The goal of WIE being to facilitate the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally, the program in Kochi is outlined to inspire live action and fuel up creative fires and experiences that span over various field of profession and passion; Offering you the community and connection, the information and inspiration, the motivation and momentum to help you discover what you are; in order to explore those hidden potentials within you which would unleash your true self in years to come!

WOMEN & KERALA

The state of Kerala is known for its feminine essence, the high literacy rate, high sex ratio, and low poverty rates boast a highly empowered society. It is one of the many states which has always tried and focused on promoting matriarchal lineage that descends from its traditions, i.e. children bore the name and property of their mothers, as opposed to other cultures, where the patriarchal system was prevalent. Being one of the very few states in India where you ‘ll find an astounding number of girls with multiple degrees/ high qualifications and offbeat career choices, Kerala has always been known for the women here. Sex Ratio in Kerala is 1084 i.e. for each 1000 male, which is above the national average of 940 as per recent census and what more can be a reason for a power pack of women to exist here. The general state of women in Kerala is, in one word, so far better than all others. There is no discrimination against boy child and the girl child, they are let to study and given equal nutrition.  The women of the state have formed several self-help groups, known as “Kudumbashree”, the first of its kind in the whole world that focuses the employment of women in different sectors of work and organizes groups of women and provide them with small-scale industrial opportunities, along with giving back to the society. Girls dominate in studies and have equal representation in most professional institutions. Here, women have a mind of their own and are strong, independent and motivated and in a state to take up responsibilities. When taken the list of global women leaders all over the world, you’ll definitely find big mallu names written in bolds, leading giants.

Marumakkathayam was a system of matrilineal inheritance prevalent in what is now Kerala, India. Descent and the inheritance of property were traced through females. This was one of the few traditional systems which gave women liberty and right to property.

In fact, travelers of yore nicknamed Kerala Penn Malayalam, “the Malayala land of women.” It was an unusual place. Here, mostly women ruled. Not on royal thrones with giant armies but as heads of giant households’ positions often more powerful. There was a tremendous feeling of oneness. Here, women were educated, respected, moved about without fear or censure, participated occupationally wherever they wished and were a major force leading Kerala to become India’s first near-100% literate state. And to the amusement of all the husband/wife relationship was not as we know it today. In this system, both husband and wife retained their premarital individual identities, maintaining a very congenial relationship.

The birth of a girl in the state of Kerala was a cause for jubilation, not disappointment, as is tragically the case elsewhere in India. We would never see this lament–so common among women in the rest of India.

To all our surprise, it was the men who were matriarchy most articulate advocates. Daughters of a family would get equal shares of wealth and property, and equal shares for their children, but sons would only get a small share and nothing for their children.

The Queens of Kerala deserved and earned all their accolades. They were true nobility. Our women of yesteryears were highly knowledgeable, well-versed in different languages and could correspond intellectually with scholars. The women of matriarchal Kerala were voracious readers, adept at music and arts and never wasted their time. Even those that stayed home had the zeal to acquire knowledge.

IEEE WIE

IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is one of the largest international professional organizations dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering and science. IEEE WIE ILC germinated in 2014 with the objective of providing a collaborative pulpit for women in technology to pursue their professional passions to innovate, share knowledge and support each other through intensive discussions and interactions. IEEE WIE Affinity Group represents a colossal professional platform for women from all over the globe to connect and collaborate especially with women from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). Through over 725+ affinity groups and 20,500+ members around the world, IEEE Women in Engineering transforms the lives of hundreds of thousands of young girls and women around the world through pre-university outreach, technical seminars, humanitarian projects, networking events and educational programs.

Kerala Section WIE affinity group has always been an active and vibrant group with passionate volunteers, summing to around 2800+ members. Membership status and quality of programs have shown a tremendous hike in the past few years. Each year is showcased with new initiatives and ideas bringing benefit and development to the society. WIE even promote entrepreneurship activities.

 

ABOUT IEEE

IEEE– Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest technical professional society, is continuously promoting the development and application of technology and allied sciences for the benefit of humanity and for the advancement of the profession. With the 430,000 members spanning across 165 countries of the globe, IEEE fosters the development of standards, which often become national and international standards and produces over 30% of the world’s literature in its related fields, publishing well over 100 peer-reviewed journals.

 

ABOUT – IEEE KERALA SECTION

As per the IEEE statistics, Kerala Sections stands No.1 in Asia Pacific Region and No.3 globally in terms of the total number of members 10,115. IEEE activities in Kerala were formally initiated on 17 February 1975 as a subsection and later, it became a full Section in 1983. From the outset, IEEE Kerala Section has been noted for its vibrant activities. Several innovations from IEEE Kerala Section in organizing activities for students as well as professionals have been appreciated and replicated by the global IEEE community. Winner of MGA Large Section Award in 2015 and Region 10 (Asia Pacific) Outstanding Large Section Award in 2004, 2009 and 2015, IEEE Kerala Section has been organizing high quality, high impact technical events including several international conferences in the recent past. With a sum total of 1050+ reported activities in 2016 and 720+ in 2015, the vibrancy of IEEE Kerala Section is at pioneering front. Well supported by the different AGs – Young Professionals, WIE and Life Members, they form the backbone of some of the major activities in the Section. The presence of 10 Technical Societies add a technical focus to the community and provide them with a dimensional focus.

 

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