Fonds 10-125 - INWES fonds

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INWES fonds

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International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists

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CA ON0034 10-125

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  • 1964-2014 (Creation)

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190 cm of textual records
14 photographs
19 slides
2 posters

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INWES is the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists. It is a global non-profit organization that serves to strengthen the capacity of individuals and organizations related to women in STEM worldwide through the exchange of information, networking, and advocacy activities to increase the presence of women in STEM worldwide and to be a responsible voice and influence on scientific issues for the benefit of society and the environment.

The International Conference for Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES) has been taking place for twelve years before delegates decided to create a network of organizations that represent women in STEM fields in 2001. INWES was founded in 2002, and took over the management of the ICWES which first took place in 1964 in New York and has met every 3–4 years since then. ICWES serves as a meeting point for women practitioners in science and engineering from across the world. Since INWES took over the management of the conference, it has taken place in Ottawa, Canada (2002); Seoul, Korea (2005); Lille, France (2008); Adelaide, Australia (2011); Los Angeles, USA (2014); and New Delhi, India (2017). ICWES 18 will take place in Coventry, UK, in 2021.

In 2003, INWES was declared a non-profit corporation under Canadian law. In April 2008, INWES became an official NGO partner of the operational type with UNESCO. This partnership involves dynamic cooperation to help women and girls worldwide to have access to education, especially in Science and Engineering.Since 2017, INWES has had consultative status with ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council) and in January 2019, INWES was admitted by the Conference of the Parties as observers to the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). INWES supports the work of UN Women and the Commission for the Status of Women. As of June 2019, INWES represents over 250,000 women from 60 countries around the globe. INWES continues to exist as an organization and it sponsors workshops, conferences, and research, publishes a newsletter, and hosts regional meetings throughout the world.

Monique Frize, Claire Deschênes, Gail Mattson were INWES founding members.
Monique Frize was president from 2002 to 2008.
Claire Deschênes was general secretary from 2002 to 2008.
Jung Sun Kim is current president since 2020.

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This fonds consists of material relating to the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES). It contains correspondence and notes, minutes, reports, and financial documents related to INWES conferences and meetings. It also contains documents related to ICWES conferences, affiliated organizations and conferences, and individual members of note.
Ce fonds est constitué de documents relatifs au Réseau international des femmes ingénieurs et scientifiques (INWES). Il contient de la correspondance et des notes, des procès-verbaux, des rapports et des documents financiers relatifs aux conférences et aux réunions de l'INWES. Il contient également des documents relatifs aux conférences de l'ICWES, aux organisations et conférences affiliées et aux membres individuels.

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Le fonds INWES est un fonds ouvert.
Le fonds a fait l'objet de plusieurs donations. Les premières donations proviennent de Monique Frize, présidente fondatrice de l'INWES de 2002 à 2008, et de Claire Deschênes, secrétaire générale de l'INWES de 2002 à 2008. Des transferts ponctuels des documents historiques de l'INWES seront versés au service des archives.
The INWES fonds is an open fonds.
The fonds was built up through several donations. The first donations came from Monique Frize, founding president of INWES from 2002 to 2008, and Claire Deschênes, INWES secretary general from 2002 to 2008. Ad hoc transfers of historical records from INWES to the Archives are expected.


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  • Chinese
  • English
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  • Japanese
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  • Polish

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Revised March 2021

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