Women urged to reach for the skies at first ever Global Aviation Gender Summit

2018-08-07 11:30
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South Africa will play host to the first-ever Global Aviation Gender Summit. The summit will see close to 500 top-ranking representatives of the aviation industry, including airlines, aircraft manufacturers and airports, as well as governments from across the world gather in Cape Town to chart a new path toward the realisation of equality and gender transformation in aviation.

Hosted by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) in cooperation with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations agency responsible for managing civil aviation activity across the world, it is hoped that much progress will be made toward charting the future of gender relations and transformation in the industry.

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The summit is also held in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and through the contribution of, among others, Air Traffic Navigation (ATN), Boeing, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Transport Canada, Ethiopian Airlines, South African Airways (SAA) and Qatar Airways.  

The details of the summit are as follows:

Date: 8 – 10 August 2018

Time: 9:00 – 16:30

Venue: CTICC, Cape Town, South Africa

Programme: Click or tap here

Gender Equality in Aviation

Aviation, as an industry, stimulates development, connects people, cultures and businesses from across the globe and strengthens socio-economic development worldwide.

Today, the international air transport sector employs 62.7 million people worldwide and contributes 2.7 trillion dollars (about R36,08 trillion at $1/R13,36) in global gross domestic product (GDP). The transformation is also incredibly important as more people will, inevitably, need to be brought into the industry as air traffic and air freight traffic are expected to more than double by 2034.

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In order to deal with the rapid changes, pace and growth of the global aviation industry, innovative and transformative measures need to be taken to maintain and improve efficiency at national, international and global levels. 

By making the aviation industry more gender balanced, the industry can not only adequately reflect global demographics and contribute to the empowerment of women, but also bring in new perspectives and innovative thought that would otherwise be lost to an imbalanced industry. This means full engagement in the industry by men and women is both the smart and necessary thing to do.

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The Global Aviation Gender Summit will seek to mobilise stakeholders in the global aviation community to accelerate gender equality, advocate and advance the empowerment of women in the global aviation sector. The summit will also seek to identify concrete actions that can be taken to accelerate gender equality as well as establish partnerships to support and coordinate the implementation of these actions.  

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