Today marks one year since the UK’s aviation and aerospace industries came together in pursuit of gender balance with the launch of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter at Farnborough International Airshow.

Over the last year we’ve seen support for the Charter grow significantly and we now have more than 120 signatories with 34 supporting organisations, more than doubling in size since the launch.

As those who have signed up work on their own journeys to achieve gender equality and we begin to develop the collective work of the Charter, we encourage others in the industry who are not yet a part of the Charter to participate.

Katherine Bennett CBE, Co-Chair of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter and Senior Vice President for Airbus in the UK, said:

“I am delighted with the strong and ongoing momentum of the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter. Truly diverse aviation and aerospace industries will drive productivity and underpin the UK’s position as a strong and competitive economy. We still have more to do and I urge more businesses to commit to the Charter so that they can play their part in driving change at all levels of our thriving sector.”

Sumati Sharma, Co-Chair of Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter and VP Product and Commercial at Virgin Holidays, said:

“The Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter has gone from strength to strength since our launch at Farnborough Airshow last July. One year on, it is fantastic to reflect on the overwhelming growth and success we have had so far. Over the last year we have built a growing community of over 121 signatory and 34 supporting organizations all committed to working together to build a more balanced and fairer industry for women.

“Our focus now, moving into our second year is to deepen our understanding of our industries’ diversity challenges with research and with continued best practice sharing. Gathering robust data on the diversity topic is essential to enable us to have the insight-based conversations necessary to understand where our organizations are today and where we need to be, and build recommendations for sustainable change.

“Aviation & Aerospace in the UK is transforming in the next decade with new runway capacity, new partnerships and rapid technological change. Diversity is another area we must transform. Working collectively with industry and government, the WiAA Charter with its growing momentum is an excellent vehicle to take our industries to the next level on diversity and inclusion altogether.”

To read more about what the Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter has been doing over the last year, read Katherine Bennett’s article in the Royal Aeronautical Society’s magazine AEROSPACE.

If you’re interested in signing up to the Charter, please get in touch.

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