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Attracting more women to technical aviation careers is the subject of debate at an ALTA event

What is the role of women in aviation maintenance? And what can Tech Ops (technology infrastructure and systems management) gain from increasing women’s participation? These topics were addressed during the ALTA CCMA & MRO conference, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) in Cancun, Mexico. The conversation began with the presentation of the conclusions of the study “Lift off to Leadership. Advancing Women in Aviation” led by Oliver Wyman, a consulting firm member of IAWA (International Association of Women in Aviation) and ALTA, for 450 executives in leadership positions. The study revealed that, despite significant investments in diversity and inclusion programs in recent years, there is a different perception between men and women about the effectiveness of these initiatives. While men believe that their companies are offering affordable programs to promote gender equity, women report that these initiatives have not been as effective. According to ALTA, in order to achieve significant changes in organizational cultures and implement more diligent professional development programs for women in the sector, it is essential to involve them in the conversation, in the planning of programs, and mainly in decision-making. Currently, only 3% of the CEOs of the world’s top 100 airline organizations are women, and only 10% of senior positions are held by women at the world’s leading airlines. This hampers female engagement in decision-making and affects the effectiveness of existing programs. Attracting more women to the aviation industry is also essential to ensure its sustainability. After all, as the study points out, the aviation industry is not sustainable if more than 50% of the population does not see it as a successful career. Another aspect addressed was the retention of women in the industry. The study revealed that women face more negative experiences in their work environments. While around 60% of women have thought about leaving the industry, that number reaches 45% of men. – https://aeroin.net/atracao-de-mais-mulheres-nas-carreiras-tecnicas-de-aviacao-e-tema-de-debate-em-evento-da-alta/