Category: Project

Area: Stereotyping and Gender inequality

Place/Country: Portugal

Date: 2017-2021

Institutions involved: The Programme is coordinated by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) and by INCoDe.2030, in articulation with the Portuguese Association for Diversity and Inclusion (APPDI), the Instituto Superior Técnico and the Order of Engineers and involves a network of 86 partner entities (11 of which are municipalities), 52 primary and secondary schools and 19 higher education institutions.

Target group: The project is aimed at students from the 3rd cycle and secondary education (especially scientific-technological courses)

Goals / Objectives /Aims: The Women Engineers for a Day Programme promotes the choice of engineering and technology among female students, deconstructing the idea that these are male domains.

Content / Structure / Description including strengthening action competence

The project “Engineers for a day” was presented on 10 October 2017, integrated in the Programme for Desegregation of Professional Choices, in the framework of the public policy objective of the Agenda for Equality in the Labour Market and in Companies. This Programme focuses on combating and preventing the intensification of segregation of professional occupations on the basis of gender and, in particular, the absence of women from engineering and technology fields. Launched as a pilot project in the 2017-2018 school year, “Engineers for a day” aims to deconstruct prejudices and stereotypes about technological professions; promote a freer choice on the part of girls; enhance informal mentoring networks; raise awareness in schools and educational agents about the problem of occupational segregation; enhance the action of educational institutions; and involve the media and local authorities, in order to enhance the integration of inclusion measures in the fields of education and employment.

The Project “Engineers for a Day”, an initiative of the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality, aims to combat and prevent the intensification of occupational segregation on the grounds of sex, and in particular the absence of women from the areas of engineering and technology. Integrated in the National Strategy for Equality and Non-Discrimination 2018-2030 “Portugal + Equal”, this project aims to deconstruct gender stereotypes, raising girls’ awareness of professional opportunities linked to the engineering profession and in the area of technologies.


52 AE/Schools, 19 Higher Education institutions, 75 partner entities and 11 Municipalities.

Results / Responses → Resulting Competences:

  • Engineering Challenges;
  • Study Visits to companies and universities (in person or in a job shadowing/work experience format);
  • Mentoring actions;
  • Cycle of workshops on engineering and technology
  • Celebration of Girls in ICT Day, STEM Day, World Science Day, International Day of Women and Girls in Science and International Women’s Day.
  • Engineering and Technology Laboratories.

Feedback / Evaluation of the practice:

The relevance of these practices in secondary education is remarkable.

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