Women of Water Project

The wastewater sector in the Western Balkans has historically been viewed as a male-dominated industry, particularly in technical and management roles. There are many potential reasons for this discrepancy, including lack of female interest in the field, gender gaps in hiring, and low representation of female role models in leadership roles.

Overview

Students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) from the USA have collaborated with SHUKALB and are focusing on women in the wastewater industry. The wastewater sector in the Western Balkans has historically been viewed as a male-dominated industry, particularly in technical and management roles. There are many potential reasons for this discrepancy, including lack of female interest in the field, gender gaps in hiring, and low representation of female role models in leadership roles. The students worked to identify opportunities for women in wastewater sectors of the Western Balkans to connect with one another and work toward reducing gender bias in the industry.

Network – Facebook Group

Networking and mentorship are two of the most important factors women credit with finding a job and advancing their careers. The goal of the network is to provide women with the opportunity to connect with other women working in the wastewater sector in the Western Balkans, United States, and beyond. It serves as a way for women to share opportunities, discuss obstacles they face in the workplace, and collaborate on ways to alleviate these obstacles. SHUKALB’s Women of Water Facebook group is the main platform for these discussions to be held. The network will also be holding events, such as discussion forums, to bring women on the Facebook group together and discuss pertinent topics surrounding women’s opportunities in the wastewater sector.

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Profiles

The students interviewed female water professionals in the Western Balkans and United States to learn about their education, careers, and experiences in the industry. Each woman had a profile created to highlight their stories – click “Read more” to see more!

Arlinda Ibrahimllari

Arlinda Ibrahimllari built her career upon being the only, first, or best wherever she goes.


Enkelejda Gjinali

Professor Enkelejda Gjinali has proven herself as a key mentor to hundreds of students at the Polytechnic University of Tirana.


Dajana Disha

Both a humanitarian and environmentalist, Dajana Disha uses her values to drive her career and education in the wastewater sector.


Frida Bahja

Frida Bahja lives her life driven by her passions and dreams, and does not let barriers overwhelm her


Mary Danielson

Despite only starting her work in 2017, Mary Danielson has already made big steps to improve gender diversity at her workplace.


Jami Walsh

Jami Walsh experienced the support of many influential mentors throughout her career and now tries to help younger engineers wherever she can.


Fationa Sinojmeri

Fationa Sinojmeri is motivated by her love for people and desire to use her career to benefit everyone.


Lejla Arifović

In a field she never expected to be in, Lejla Arifović has found herself working everyday for the improvement of wastewater treatment in her country.


Egzona Bejtullahu

Egzona Bejtullahu’s two years in Kosovo’s wastewater sector are a model for what we all hope the future of women’s opportunities will be.