In January 2007, Clementina Saduwa was assassinated in Nigeria. Clementina was Region 8 officer for Women In Engineering; and her character and her action were very much appreciated by everyone involved in Region 8 activities. She had been asked to take in 2007 the responsibility of Africa for sections and chapters before this tragic event. As an engineer, Clementina worked for ERICSSON, Swedish telecommunication company, where she was also highly estimated.
Region 8 wants to give a testimony to the memory of Clementina, as well as a strong signal to women engineers in a part of the world where women are not everywhere considered equal to men, moreover when they are engineers and hold responsibilities. The action therefore is to create an award honoring Clementina and her accomplishments. The proposed description of this award is:
To recognize a women engineer in Region 8 who, through their engineering and career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering excellence.
This idea has been circulated to the Region 8 Committee and received unanimous support.
For the first recipient of the award, Region 8 honored Clementina and gave her the award ‘post mortem”.
Recognizes a women engineer in Region 8 who, through their engineering and career achievements, have demonstrated noteworthy support for women in the profession and have established a benchmark of engineering excellence.
Number of Awards per annum: 1 annually
- Must be female
- Must be an IEEE member of any grade.
- From a Region 8 country in which it is difficult for a woman to be an engineer either due to economic reasons or due to the woman bad social situation.
This Award will be administered by the R8 Awards & Recognition Committee in accordance with the Procedure established by the IEEE MGA.
Each section in Region 8 may only nominate a maximum of one candidate per year
Nominations to be sent to Region 8 WIE officer for comments, who will forward them to ARC for decision
Recipients will receive a plaque with the signature of Region 8 Director and an honorarium of 2000€.
The presentation of the plaque is at a location or suitable event determined by the recipient in consultation with the Region Director and/or nominator.