First woman pilot in Mozambique
Mozambique, having the highest rates of gender inequality in the world has its first woman flighting Admira António. António said, she has managed to win in a man’s world by becoming commander in 2018.
“The attention is always on you as a woman. They want to see if you really know what you’re doing, why you got there, if someone made it easier for you, so I had to prove my skills, my professionalism”, António said.
There are two realities up to the sky: almost 80% of the on-board assistants are female, but only five percent of pilots are women and the proportion of female roles in technical or leadership positions in aviation is even lower.
International Civil Aviation Organization and the South African Civil Aviation Authority promoted the first global gender aviation summit in 2018.
Admira Antonio witnesses this reality: when she rose to the level of commercial aviation at Mozambican airlines in 2012, she only drove alongside men, which came naturally to her after growing up “between brothers and cousins”.
But she still recalls scenes of prejudice, such as when a trainer apologized “for being a girl” when she tried to correct a response in a theoretical class.
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