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Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (WOAW) began Monday and will end Sunday. March 8 is International Women’s Day. The U.K.’s National Police Air Service (NPAS) noted that March 8 is also the anniversary of the world’s first female pilot license, obtained in 1910. To celebrate the week, NPAS is running a series of online activities.
“I believe it’s important to encourage females who are interested in aviation to pursue careers and change their perception about it being a male-only industry. NPAS has 332 members of staff, 59 of which are female, ranging from pilots, tactical flight officers, specialist personnel and operations center staff,” said Tyron Joyce, NPAS COO. “Policing aviation relies on the different skills and personal experience of our staff and I am hopeful the proportion of female personnel will continue to rise in the years ahead.”
Online activities focus on social media. NPAS plans to facilitate Twitter Q&As to allow the public to engage with a female member of the NPAS staff. It also plans to post videos, highlighting female staff members and the roles they play. All efforts are being done in the hope to encourage women to become part of the aviation industry.
NPAS said that according to latest figures, some 5 to 6% of women are involved in aviation worldwide.
WOAW is an annual global outreach initiative that hopes to change perceptions regarding aviation among the female population and encourage women to become part of the industry, NPAS said. International Women’s Day — March 8 annually — celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.