Despite a global population exceeding eight billion, around half of whom are female, the construction sector has so far failed to succeed in becoming as diverse as the people it serves.

In this special report, produced in partnership with Gleeds, we speak to 12 inspiring women in built environment careers from across the world.

Those profiled share the stories of their careers, the challenges they have faced and the triumphs they have achieved.

They come from a variety of countries, work in a range of businesses and a mix of roles.

Over the coming week we will be releasing two of the profiles each day, or you can download the full report below.

Words by Jordan Marshall, designed by Matthew Stedman.