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Newsletter - May 2019

Published on: 13 May 2019

Addressing diversity at the grassroots level

The independent ground handling industry employs hundreds of thousands of workers in every corner of the world. With such a widespread employee base, an inexcusable problem persists: gender disparity in the workforce.

The ground handling sector is not alone. In the broader aviation industry, three percent of CEOs are women, compared to 12 percent in other industries, according to IATA.

So what has been done so far to increase gender diversity in aviation?

  • In 2018, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May introduced The Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter. Signatories are given achievable targets to increase the level of gender diversity in their organisations.
  • Last month, IATA signed on to the charter. According to the organisation, of the 280 airlines that it represents, less than 10% have a female senior executive.
  • his year, IATA also introduced its Diversity & Inclusion awards to recognise and encourage gender diversity. The winners will be announced in June at IATA's 75th Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit.

It is our goal to create and maintain a working environment in which each and every employee feels welcome and has the opportunity to succeed at the highest levels. As such, ASA will continue to support gender diversity in our global, growing industry.

Yours Sincerely,

Fabio Gamba

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