International Women's Day: March 8, 2013

Celebrate Women in Construction!


March 8, 2013
To celebrate International Women's Day, Build Change is raising awareness about the vital, but often unrecognized, role women play in the construction industry.


33% of vocational students are female, yet the construction workforce represents only 2%. Work still needs to be done to encourage girls to remain in this sector.   


Build Change Indonesia on the Radio


Cici (left) and Tati (right) promote 'Women in Construction' on First Response Radio.

To promote the presence of women in construction, Build Change Indonesia teamed up with First Response Radio stations in Jakarta and Padang, Indonesia. 


Raising Awareness in Jakarta

During their interview, Build Change staff members Cut Desi Amalia (Cici), deputy program manager, and Tati Deswati, senior technical supervisor, discussed their roles in the construction sector, opportunities for women in construction professions and their experience working in post-disaster reconstruction. The show was aired across Jakarta at 2 PM on March 7.

Raising Awareness in Padang

Elsa (left) and Ulfiana (right) explain why they enjoy working in the construction industry.

In Padang, staff members Elsa Desrina, project manager, and Ulfiana, program officer, also took part in a live radio broadcast that aired throughout Padang and Padang Pariaman on March 8. They noted that more girls have taken up construction majors since Build Change has delivered vocational training in schools in the region.


In addition to promoting women in construction, First Response Radio also featured local women brick makers. Build Change is working with these women business owners on ways to improve the quality of their bricks and enhance their livelihoods.


Support our Women in Construction Campaign!
A number of organizations have already gotten involved in helping to raise awareness of the vital role women play in the construction sector, including the National Association of Women in Construction Australia, Grameen Foundation, Oxfam, MICRA and the Disaster Resource Partnership.


Celebrate International Women's Day by spreading the word and encouraging women and girls to pursue engineering and construction careers!

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DONATE NOW to create more opportunities for women and girls in engineering and construction professions. 


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Women Producing Construction Materials 


First Response Radio interviewed a woman brick maker in Build Change's Better Building Materials project.  

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About Build Change

Founded in 2004, Build Change is an international non-profit social enterprise that designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.


Because of Build Change's design and capacity-building programs in post-earthquake reconstruction programs in Haiti, Indonesia and China, more than 80,000 people are living in safer houses.