World Manufacturing Week 2021

18/10 - 22/10 | In presence + On line Events

Recommendations to encourage attraction, thrive and leadership of women in the manufacturing industry

It is undeniable that the COVID 19 pandemic has brought about dire consequences for industry as a whole and for women in particular.

In order to promote good practices, we have looked into the recommendations developed by the expert group that was working during the 2020 period.

Together with the work of this year’s group of experts, such recommendations have allowed us to identify concrete actions to eliminate the gender gap.

These measures will be presented at the event so they can be promoted by industry, public institutions, international organizations, research centres, academia, and / or civil society, and which will also make it possible for the manufacturing industry to lead gender equity policies within new processes that will lead to a sustainable and digital industry and services.

  • Live Streaming Session

SPRI and World Manufacturing Foundation

20 October 2021

5:45 PM – 7:30 PM CEST

Working language: English


  • 5:45 – 6:15 PM
    Setting the scene for Women in the Manufacturing Industry
    Zeljko Pazin, Executive Director, European Factories of the Future Research Association (EFFRA) – Trends in the manufacturing industry
    Rhonda Barnet, President & COO, AVIT Manufacturing. Founder of Canada’s Women in Manufacturing – Promoting women’s role in the manufacturing industry in Canada


  • 6:15 – 6:30 PM
    Recommendations to encourage attraction, thrive and leadership of women in the manufacturing industry
    Cristina Oyón,
    Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability at SPRI


  • 6:30 – 7:15 PM
    Panel discussion about the required cultural transformation and the relevance to make industry appealing for women
    Cecilia Ugaz,
    Director of Gender Equality & Empowerment of Women Office, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    Alina Sorgner, Assistant Professor, John Cabot University in Rome
    Luciana Ciceri, CEO, Ciceri de Mondel and reprensentative of Confartigianato Lombardia


  • 7:15 – 7:30 PM
    Questions and contributions

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