As part of the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter’s Meet the Signatories series, members of the Charter explain why they joined the Charter, and what steps they have since taken to ensure the inclusion of women in the sectors.
Next in the series, we talk to The African Section 99s International Organisation of Women Pilots:
Please name your organisation and explain what it does in the aviation or aerospace industry
The African Section 99s International Organisation of Women Pilots is a non-profit organization of International Women Pilots called the Ninety-Nines. It is the only and first organization for women pilots established in 1929 by 99 women pilots founded by Amelia Earhart in the USA. The organization currently holds over 5000 members divided into chapters and sections depending on their geographical locations from 44 countries. The African Section 99s International Organization of Women Pilots promotes advancement of aviation through education, scholarships, and mutual support while honouring our unique history and sharing our passion for flight.
Why did you join the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter?
The African Section 99s signed up to support the charter and to advocate gender equality in the aviation industry not just in UK, in Africa and globally. This is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SGD 4 Gender Equality. As females in the aviation industry, especially female pilots in Africa are very under represented. Signing to the charter hopefully raises awareness about the gender equality disparity, the strides that are being made to see inclusion of women at all levels, globally.
What steps are your organisation now taking to help improve gender balance in the industry?
Girls Wings For Africa Scholarship Fund & STEM was set up to enable females in Africa to start a professional career in aviation. The STEM project benefits under privileged children girls and boys as they are the future of Africa.