Engineering and gender in Burundi

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Engineering is often mistaken for the m stirrup that carries pr prejudice to the int gratefulphysical appearance of women. The ingenergy seems to be the prerogative of only men. But nothing attests to what impedesThe young girl would be eager to learn it like the other disciplines of science.

T testimonials and success stories ès, the girls have what in be fieras. These idthey were the subject of the panel – d organized debateé by FIADI. Indeed, FIADI stands for Women IngActive ingredients for the DInclusive development. Said panel – ddebate took place this Saturday 05/6/2021 at the Kiriri campus of the University é from Burundi.

“We have noticed that young Burundian girls timidly integrating applied science courses. It is with the aim of sharing our success stories that we organized this event to boost the participation rate of women in this promising sector “. This is what Jeanette Kaneza said. She is the president of FIADI. She adds that this is a common challenge for Burundian society because engineering is worth more.

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Male and female engineers, no difference!

First of all, in the field of learning, there is no difference between man and woman. As a teacher I have seen women perform better than men. Likewise, I have experienced the reverse. Indeed, only courage determines performance, says Audace Manirabona. The latter teaches at the University of Burundi.

As for Benithe Kaneza, engineer in architecture and town planning, if you know where you are going, you should not stop. She warns the aspiring engineers. When browsing social media, don’t waste your time.

Benithe Kaneza goes on to suggest that girls always search the internet for content that educates them. “It uplifts you and you will come out full head. At the end of the baccalaureate, look for professional internships because this is beneficial in capacity building and networking ”concludes Benithe Kaneza.

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What about engineering and conjugal duty for women?

For those who doubt this report, Odrine Ndayikeza, an electromechanical engineer specifies that this is very reconcilable: “The female engineer is like all the women you know. Apart from technical work, she fulfills her duty as wife and mother ”.

By setting an example on herself, Odrine Ndayikeza persuades the public that there are even opportunities that she has acquired as a woman engineer. She makes it known that she is the mother of a child and is doing a master’s degree abroad.

For all intents and purposes, it should be noted that a study carried out in 2017 reveals that women are better at programming than men according to Dr Audace Manirabona.


By Christophe Niyongendako



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