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Gender bias is not an in issue in construction

Female leaders assure that there is equal gender opportunity in the construction sector

Elain McKenna is confident that women have equal opportunities in the construction sector.
Elain McKenna is confident that women have equal opportunities in the construction sector.

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The paradigm has shifted in the construction sector over the last 20 years from a male-dominated environment, as an increasing number of women are making their way into the ranks and leaving their particular mark.

In a recent interview with CWQ, Elaine McKenna from EC Harris, winner of Project Manager of the Year at the Construction Week Qatar Awards 2014, said that there is no ‘glass ceiling’ for women in construction.

“Definitely within the last 20 years barriers have fallen and the industry has become more accessible to all walks of life. The construction industry is no longer about just bricks and mortar, it’s transformed as a business, promoting long-life careers,” she said.

Mckenna is adamant that women have the same opportunities and remuneration as their male counterparts and qualifications and experience are the criteria for recruitment, with diversity being the greatest draw card.

She said: “The industry is seen as ripe for opportunities and as a platform for diversity within various professions that are not part of the initial core of professions in the construction industry, for example lawyers or environmentalists.”

Working in construction is no longer the domain of physical supremacy, no longer ‘brawn over brains’, but an environment that encompasses a multitude of disciplines. McKenna believes that this information should be part of the education system, introduced at an early age, to encourage a stream of fresh blood into the construction gene pool.

Read the full story in ConstructionWeek Qatar’s December issue where the fairer sex discusses: Women in construction.

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