Who We Are
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Over the last sixty (plus) years, it has developed into a global organisation with thousands of international affiliates operating in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK & Ireland.
NAWIC's mandate in Qatar is to provide an association for local and expat women which will:
- Enhance their success in the industry.
- Unite women for the mutual benefit of all women who are actively engaged in the various phases of the industry.
- Promote co-operation and fellowship
- Encourage young women to pursue and establish careers in construction.
We want to provide a forum where women can share their experiences, celebrate success, get advice and mentorship and collaborate on work.
A Message from the President
The NAWIC Qatar launch event was a huge success! The first of its kind in the Middle East! The launch was extremely well received and attended. We were overwhelmed with the interest and the fantastic feedback we received.
First of all I’d like to thank to our sponsors Msheireb Properties, GHD, Parsons, QFC, G-Sonic, Al Wadi Hotel, Salam Industries, TMF Group, Erga and Turner and Townsend. We are so grateful for their support and for helping us to make the NAWIC Qatar launch event as brilliant and successful as it was. Without them this wouldn’t be possible.
Thank you to our distinguished speakers who made our launch exceptional Ms Jenny Parker, NAWIC New Zealand President who with her board assisted us to get to this huge milestone, Ms Mai Hamad Al-Marri, Director of Facility Management Qatar University who draw a parallel with the Qatar’s 2030 vision and the NAWIC Qatar’s mission on empowerment of women, Dina Saleh, Architect and the Women in GHD group lead on sharing how women in GHD are increasing awareness among both men and women and the benefits of having a diverse workforce and Mr Rashid Al Mansoory, the Qatar Exchange CEO whose speech was an absolute highlight of the evening.
To our panelist Mr. Robin Walters, Associate Dean CNAQ, Dr. Dila Ersenkal, Environmental Consultant, Mott MacDonald, Eng. Nur Alah Valdeolmillos Senior Architect Qatar Foundation and Eng. Augustine Chalissery Founder of SPD who have shared their constructive views and advice on challenges women experience in the industry.
I cannot express our appreciation enough to the volunteers who ensured the event was running smoothly.
And of course to our attendees -We are more than thankful that you attended our event and we hope you enjoyed the experience.
Connect – Lead – Diversify
Together we are making NAWIC Qatar an even stronger organization. We are creating an association that is a platform for its members to meet and enhance the industry awareness, share information, ideas and solutions. We are demonstrating our commitment to the betterment of gender diversity and equitability. We are collectively learning, sharing and producing new knowledge. Together, we are advancing the industry and contributing/giving back to the community we live in.
Stay tuned for details on the NAWIC Qatar next event and I look forward to seeing you all there.
President NAWIC Qatar