Let's drive out inequality and celebrate all our construction industry talent
The construction industry plays a vital role in the world’s economy, but has a global reputation as a place where mainly men succeed.
To coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015, RIBA has launched the #SeeMeJoinMe campaign to celebrate and support a more diverse and inclusive construction industry.
The UK construction industry employs more than 2.5 million people. Women make up just 11% of the sector, with a mere 1.2% working in manual labour trades.
In Europe, the construction industry employs around 14 million people (9.5% of employment) yet most (88%) of the people employed in the sector are male.
Of the 7.1 million Americans employed in construction-related occupations, only 2.6% are women.
The industry needs collectively to take positive steps to drive out inequality, inspire and celebrate all our talent.
We are asking construction professionals around the world - from bricklayers and architects to engineers and plumbers - to make a stand, take a selfie, add their job title and show our young women, parents and teachers that careers in construction are not off-limits to girls.
HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
- Tweet a few words about why creating a more equal industry matters along with an image of yourself at work and your job title - don't forget the hashtag #SeeMeJoinMe
- Sign up to our campaign Thunderclap
- Rally your friends and colleagues working in the construction industry around the world to do the same.
- On International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015 at 9am, watch as everyone's messages are simultaneously shared on social media around the world.