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‘Women shun construction industry’

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The National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) has bemoaned the low participation of women in the construction industry in the country.

NCIC says men represent an estimated 99 percent of workers on construction sites compared to woman.

The development has prompted NCIC to embark on motivation talks in secondary schools so as to encourage girls to pursue careers like engineering to enter the industry.

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Speaking to the students at Euthini Secondary School in Mzimba, NCIC Northern Regional Industry Officer, Engineer Jeremiah Nkhowani, said the council has discovered that the low rate of women participation in the industry is because girls in schools are not aware of any related careers in the industry sector.

“The gap is big…We need to close the gap on the gender disparity that currently exists in the construction industry,” Nkhowani said.

Northern Region Education Information Communication Technology Officer, Robben Msiska, said girls in schools are supposed to be motivated with role models in the industry so that their interest continues to grow.

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One of the role models Lydia Jere who works for the Northern Region Water Board as a Civil Engineer encouraged the girls to work hard in school if they are to achieve their goals.

NCIC is mandated to regulate, promote and develop the construction industry in Malawi.

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