The Ghana Chapter of the Women in Aviation has been inaugurated at a brief ceremony in Accra.
Inaugurating the chapter, a deputy Minister of Transport Joyce Bawa Mogtari said she wants women to defy the odds and occupy leading positions in the aviation sector. If we want to take advantage in the sector you must take up challenges, she stressed.
Ghana becomes the 101 chapter of the global body.
The president of the Ghana Chapter of WAI, Juliet Boagye Wiafe, said efforts are underway to whip up the interest of girls in the aviation sector with an outreach programme in the various schools.
She said: "We are currently reaching out to other women bodies to create awareness on the aviation sector." Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.
In a related development,the maiden Girls in Aviation Day for girls from 8 to 16 years with the aim of introducing them to possibilities available in a career in aviation was held in Accra.
Speaking at the programme, Mrs Juliet Aboagye-Wiafe, the President of WAI Ghana Chapter called on stakeholders to take a critical look at the educational system in the country.She explained that majority of girls are interested in the aviation industry, but restricting them to study science and other related subjects before being able to pursue their life dreams makes them abandon their aspirations.
She said the WAI programme also aimed at enabling girls to see exciting careers available to them as pilots, cabin attendants, engineers, marshallers and traffic controllers within the aviation community.
The programme, which is being held for the first time in Ghana, is designed to give girls the opportunity to network with their counterparts in aviation, explore careers in aviation and aerospace industry.
And this will also help our girls to experience first-hand what it is like to be a pilot or other aviation industry professionals, she said.
Mrs Joyce Bannerman-Wood, the Director Legal Services, said the programme was laudable and urged more women to join the sector towards the charting of their career.