Mixed Bag for Africa on Global Aviation Gender Equality

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ICAO’s global survey on the status of licensed aviation personnel by gender has revealed that “the participation of women holding positions as pilots, air traffic controllers, and maintenance technicians has increased on an overall basis from 4.5% globally in 2016, to 4.9% in 2021.”

In the category of female pilots, the percentage of pilots in service increased from 3.6% to 4.0% globally, with Africa scoring 4.1% second only to North America with a score of 4.6%.

However, according to ICAO report, “the percentage of female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians rose from 2.7% to 3.0% worldwide, with increases being seen in all regions except the Middle East and Africa. The highest increases in this area were again recorded in the Latin America/Caribbean and Asia Pacific regions, and the Asia Pacific region also had the highest global percentage of licensed female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians with 4.4%.”

The number of women air traffic controllers remained stable globally at around 20.6%, with increases being observed in the Latin America/Caribbean and Middle East regions. The Latin America/Caribbean region featured the highest percentage of women controllers with 31.8%, followed by Europe with 21.4%.

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