On February 28, the Latin American and Caribbean edition of the Third Women in Aviation Leadership Summit , will take place in Mexico, where women who work in all branches of aerospace and air transport from the region will meet.

The meeting is organized by the International Aviation Womens Assciation (IAWA), an association founded in 1988, which brings together 356 women from more than 30 countries and 257 large companies. IAWA is affiliated with the most important aviation and aerospace industry organizations in the world, such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Latin American Air Transport Association (ALTA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Airports International Council (ACI), among others.

The objective of the meetings is to reinforce the bonds of union between women leaders from different countries, as well as to discuss the great issues in which they are immersed and also to adopt resolutions that allow them to act together to push the feminine leadership in the air sector.

According to ICAO figures, only 3 percent of management positions in the aviation industry in Latin America are held by women, while only 6 percent of the total aviation pilot licenses in the United States are owned by women.

Globally, the picture is much less encouraging: only 0.6 percent of the world's pilots are women, according to figures from Boeing and the International Society of Women Airline Pilots.

Therefore, IAWA is dedicated to recognize and promote excellence and female leadership in their own fields of action, through a global network of initiatives for professional development and the creation of opportunities.

It also supports young women who wish to develop their career in the airline industry, through scholarships at five prestigious universities, such as Vaughn College in New York; Southern Methodist University, in Dallas; Embry Ridle Aeronautical University, all of these in the United States, as well as McGill Unifersity in Canada and TU Delft, in Germany.

Another part of its programs is mentoring and internships for women in companies in the industry; they organize global and regional conferences in various cities and have a timely follow-up on the major issues and challenges of aviation.

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On this occasion, EMLA will devote its efforts to discuss the best ways to promote women's access to senior management and Boards of Directors in aerospace companies.

What is also expected is an exchange of experiences between women who have reached the highest levels in their companies and how the policies of recruitment, selection and promotion of female talent in the best air and aerospace companies in the world are established.

Undoubtedly, the debate will help to find the best way to stimulate this work and adopt the best practices, in order to create career plans achievable for all the generation of women who are already working and for those who come in the nearest future.

It is not about promoting the incorporation of female talent to the management levels of these companies only as a matter of "gender", but because there is evidence that adding women to the top management and decision-making levels enriches the companies and allows them to be much more profitable and strong, even in times of crisis. An excellent initiative.


Rosario Avilés graduated in Journalism from the "Carlos Septién García" School. She holds a Master's in Journalism from the University of Miami.

She has worked as founder, editor, columnist and collaborator in various media, among them: El Economista, Reforma, El Financiero, Grupo Imagen, Radio 13 and La Crónica de Hoy. She has been writing the Despegues y Aterrizajes (Takeoffs and Landings) column, where she analyzes and discusses topics related to the air sector for 20 years.

Her column has been kindly provided by our friends at A21.mx, a Spanish-language aviation portal from Mexico.