Women have traditionally been underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The university level enrollment of women in engineering faculty is only 17%. The number further declines while
entering into professional careers. A recent study carried out by WISE Nepal (Women in Science and Engineering)
has found the lack of career support and job opportunities as major constraints for women in the field of science and technology. WISE Nepal is increasing career support for women through internships, in providing information about potential employers, and by increasing networking opportunities among the members.
Mausam Mainali: Works as a Social Safe Guard Officer at the Trail Bridge Support Unit (TBSU) for HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation Nepal. After her Bachelor in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering Management, she worked as a District Irrigation Engineer and as a District Road Maintenance Engineer. For her project’s contribution on promotion of small irrigation schemes managed by the community themselves she received the ‘Letter of Honour’ on behalf of LILI/HELVETAS.