Reflections as a UK UN Rep

Being part of CSW67 has been a wonderful experience. Hearing from people from around the globe and getting different perspectives.

I am constantly inspired by the work undertake by and for women by women (which benefits all of society).

I am however disheartened by the closing comments and conclusion from the UN Secretary General. We have a long way to go and need to double down on supporting each other.

Together we can.

What an IWD week!

International Women’s Day is a day to imagine and reflect on how far we have come towards a gender equal world which is free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Our group has always been active during this week working alongside our WES Tyne and Tees Cluster friends and our Climate Champion, Julie Harrison, due to the significant links with SDG 5 Gender Equality.

The week included very many events which included:

. Our Chair representing EngTog and the UK at UN CSW 67

. A face to face multi sector event to a group of girls in at Outwood Academy Riverside Middlesbrough

. Attending a Power of Women Campaign event

. Part taking in Durham University’s Earth Day

. We launched our new Inclusion for Good page.

We can all help the world become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive where difference is valued and celebrated.

At Engineering Together we #EmbraceEquity.

Paula McMahon and Andrea Pearson ready to inspire girls on IWD. Photo by Julie Harrison.

Durham University Earth Day

It was an honour that our Chair and Founder of Primary Voices was asked to speak at Durham University on their EARTH DAY Climate Action and Impact panel.

Some of our favourite topics came up which very much echoed our ONE VOICE ethos…

Outcomes not ownership

Nurturing networks

Enabling efficiency

Value one vision

Operating openness

Influencing with integrity

Collaboration with compromise

Emphasis on equality

The room with a view was a great venue for the diverse audience to hear from a wide range of speakers from all sectors. It is clear that shouting about our many success stories and providing people with stories of hope is vital. Sharing tangible and transferable outcomes and actions is vital to ensure that others can learn from.

Delighted at opportunity for real industry change

Following on from chairing the Infrastructure Group I was delighted to be accepted as Chair for the whole Women’s Engineering Society Group.

The wide reaching nature of the groups’ members (not just women!) gives us a platform to make real change. The members experiences and enthusiasm will be vital in the coming weeks and months to enable us to make the most of what we have and encourage positive action on the wider industry.

Check out Climate Emergency Group | Women’s Engineering Society (

EngTog at the UN

As Chair I was delighted to be accepted as a UK Delegate by UN Women UK | Gender Equality for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW67). This has allowed EngTog’s unique collaboration style and ethos to be known and understood by more people globally. At the same time learning from others and discovering new and exciting ways to encourage more people into STEM subjects for the great good.

Let’s talk Neurodiversity

Thanks to all who attended the latest online Mentioning the Unmentionable event on Neurodiversity.  Listen and watch on our YouTube channel using this direct link –

Whilst everyone’s experiences are unique to themselves there were things which we can all learn from. The personal stories from Tosin, Clare and Rosie really resonated with many in our audience.

The solutions to make the world more welcoming to our speakers also offers solutions to make everyone feel more included and cared for. Our workplaces would really benefit from some of the suggestions provided. For further learning also check out Rosie’s Divergent Consulting website at

Mary provided insights and details of online learning resource for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCOs, and school leaders for supporting autistic and neurodivergent pupils. The concepts of this are also highly relevant to our STEM workplaces. For further learning check out Mary’s resource at  and her other resource recommendation at

Thank you to all our speakers, hosts as shown and Jo Douglas-Harris who facilitated behind the scenes

This series of talks on difficult subjects to inform and support is proving to be very popular. You may be interested some of the previous events in the series:

·    The Parenthood Penalty –

·    Menopause! –