I was delighted to come together for a memorable dinner with women representing diverse backgrounds from across the African continent. The evening's theme revolved around 'Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,' a subject of significant importance for any organization striving to champion for equal opportunities for women, particularly in the dynamic realm of the built environment.
Representing CRESA (Construction and Real Estate Students Association) from the Department of Real Estate, Quantity Surveying, and Construction Management, I felt honored to be part of this significant gathering. The purpose behind this dinner was multifaceted: to facilitate an open conversation where women at the conference could share their personal experiences, envision a more inclusive future for the industry, and, most importantly, empower the young women and students attending the conference to assert their presence in this field.
One of the most notable moments of the evening was the recognition of the countless challenges women face in advancing their careers. From navigating discrimination to balancing family responsibilities, education, promotions, and work experiences, these women have encountered numerous hurdles on their path to success.
From the perspective of a female student, the road ahead may seem uncertain, but gatherings like this women's dinner reveal that these challenges are shared by many. We bear the responsibility for shaping our own futures, and confidence in our abilities is key. The opportunities meant for us will inevitably find us if we remain prepared to seize them.
I am deeply grateful for the privilege of attending this dinner. To occupy such a role at a young age provided invaluable insights and inspiration. The mentorship offered at the dinner was exceptional, with a group of like-minded women coming together to guide and ensure greater female representation within the industry.
I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Madam Catherine Kariuki, whose commendable efforts in planning the dinner were instrumental in its success.
I also express gratitude to RICS, under the leadership of Madam Bernadette Gitari, for sponsoring the dinner and curating a lineup of exceptional speakers.
Special thanks go to CRESA and corporate partners for their invaluable contributions to coordination and setup. Lastly, I extend my appreciation to all the remarkable women who attended, for dedicating their time to listen, share their experiences, and provide mentorship during this impactful dinner.