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DeBeersANA reports that diamond company De Beers said on Monday it had launched a three-year partnership with Women in Engineering (WomEng), consumer goods company Unilever and professional services firm EY to develop the next generation of highly skilled female engineers.  

Spokesperson Jackie Mapiloko indicated that De Beers was investing US$315,000 over three years in programmes that encouraged young women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) subjects and pursue engineering careers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.  She said the programme was designed to strengthen the students’ employability and leadership skills and cultivate innovative entrepreneurial thinking through the WomEng Innovation Challenge, in which they would develop an engineering business solution to meet the UN’s sustainable development goals.  With a global shortage of engineers and women representing only 11% of the engineering workforce, attracting more young women into the sector was vital, De Beers senior vice-president for social impact Katie Fergusson stated.  She indicated that WomEng, founded in SA in 2006, had run programmes in 19 countries and had reached more than 50,000 girls and women studying Stem subjects.  It was currently partnering with Unesco on its “1 Million Girls in Stem” campaign.

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