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ICAO Global Aviation Gender Summit 2023- Panel 1 Aspirations & ambitions

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ICAO Global Aviation Gender Summit 2023 – Panel 1 Aspirations & ambitions

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Panel 1 – Setting the scene: aspirations and ambitions for moving beyond the status quo

This high-level panel will set the stage for the Global Aviation Gender Summit. It intends to highlight the key role of aviation in driving sustainable development globally in line with the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the gender-related trends in aviation as well as the industry’s prospects for growth. The sessions will outline the vision and ambition for achieving gender equality in aviation. It aims to unfold as well, the labour shortage issues hampering the growth of the sector, and provide insights into the importance of harnessing the opportunities created by advancing gender equality in aviation.

– Moderator: Ambassador Laurent Pic, Representative of France on the ICAO Council and Chair of the Council Small Group on Gender 
– Ms. Adefunke Adeyemi, Secretary General, African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) 
– Ms. Candace McGraw, Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Vice Chair, Airports Council International (ACI) Governing Board 
– Captain Zoya Agarwal, Pilot, Air India 
– Mr. Filip Cornelis, Director for Aviation DG Mobility and Transport, European Commission 
– Ms. Sandra Carvao, Director, Market intelligence and Competitiveness, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Vision of the Next Generation 
Join us as we get inspired by listening to the insights shared by our next generation, their vision and the future they want to shape for our sector.

– Moderator: Mr. Nicolas Rallo, Regional Director, European and North Atlantic Office, ICAO 
– Ms. Ana Gagua, Technical Exploitation of Air Traffic Control Systems, Georgian Aviation University 
– Ms. Birna Katrín Gunnlaugsdóttir, First Officer, Icelandair 
– Ms. Katherin Martínez, Representative of El Salvador on the ICAO Council

Global Aviation Gender Summit

Building on the outcomes of the first Global Aviation Gender Summit in 2018 in South Africa, the Global Aviation Gender Summit 2023 is intended to be a global gathering for gender equality convened by ICAO and hosted by the Government of Spain and, on its behalf, by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, in partnership with European Commission (EC), the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women, and the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It aims to bring together governments, international and intergovernmental organizations, private stakeholders, academia, influencers of change from around the world to catalyze progress, advocate for change and promote bold actions for achieving gender equality and women empowerment in aviation.

The objective of the Global Aviation Gender Summit 2023, in line with the ICAO Assembly Resolution A41-26: ICAO Gender Equality Programme promoting the participation of women in the global aviation sector, as well as the Sustainable Development Goal 5, is to gather aviation high level officials as well as stakeholders in areas of education, labour and other fields with portfolios related to gender and diversity, to: 

  • Reaffirm our collective responsibility for improving gender equality in global aviation, especially at leadership and decision-making levels, and to renew commitment towards this important cause in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 5, ICAO Resolution A41-26 on gender equality in aviation and ICAO Resolution A41-24 on aviation and its support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Explore how gender in aviation fits within the broader development context, impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on women in aviation, as well as the future challenges and opportunities in gender and air transport;
  • Identify enablers and entry points for enhanced gender equality in aviation, in order to ensure gender is featured as a recognized issue in air transport policies and planning processes, particularly from a workforce perspective; and
  • Share best practices and lessons learnt, programmes and initiatives aimed at overcoming barriers to attract, retain and train women in aviation at all levels.
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