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By Michael J. Martin, EAA 1047599, Toronto, Ontario.

Diversity and inclusion are common terms used in normal language these days. But the reality is it’s much more challenging to implement this thinking compared to the rhetoric that accompanies these concepts.

Including diverse members of society is critical to the future of aviation. With that said, the glaring and most prolonged problem is the lack of women in aviation.

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

The percentage of women pilots in service increased from 3.6 percent to 4.0 percent globally, with the highest increases being observed in the Asia Pacific and Latin America/Caribbean regions. North America scored highest globally with 4.6 percent women pilots, followed by Africa and Europe with 4.1 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively.

Not a common sight!

The percentage of female aircraft maintenance engineers and technicians rose from 2.7 percent to 3.0 percent 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 percent.

The number of women air traffic controllers remained stable globally at around 20.6 percent, 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 percent, followed by Europe with 21.4 percent.

So, even though insignificant, yet positive changes are being observed,…

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