Global Aviation Gender Summit

Global Aviation Gender Summit

8 - 10 August 2018
Cape Town International Convention Centre,Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town 8001
Registration Open

Gender equality in aviation

Aviation is a forward-looking industry that stimulates development, innovation and entrepreneurship. It connects people, cultures and businesses across the globe and strengthens socio-economic development worldwide. The international air transport sector today supports the employment of 62.7 million people worldwide and contributes 2.7 trillion dollars in global Gross Domestic Product.  Furthermore, according to the latest forecasts, both air passenger traffic and air freight traffic are expected to more than double by 2034.


To keep pace with the rapid growth of the aviation industry, there is a pressing need to improve efficiency and effectiveness at the national, international and global levels. One of the ways the desired improvements can be achieved is by making the aviation industry more gender balanced. This means full engagement in the industry by men together with women. Gender equality is both the right thing and the smart thing to do. It is now time to act!


Pursuant to ICAO 39th General Assembly Resolution A39-30 the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will host the first ever Global Aviation Gender Summit in Cape Town, South Africa, from 8 to 10 August, to mobilize the global aviation community to accelerate gender equality in aviation. The Summit will be co-organized by ICAO in close collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


The Summit will provide a unique opportunity to advocate and advance gender equality and empowerment of women in the global aviation sector. It will mobilize the global air transport community in identifying concrete actions to accelerate gender equality in a highly specialized sector and in establishing partnerships to support the coordination and implementation of these actions.



Ministers of Transportation, as well as Ministers responsible for Education, Labour, External Affairs or portfolios related to gender and diversity are invited. Directors General of Civil aviation, senior officials and decision makers in civil aviation authorities, airports, air navigation service providers, airline industry, aviation associations, UN and international organizations, academia and training institutions are welcome to attend. The participation of both women and men is critical in achieving a successful and impactful Summit.


Logistics details

Please note that the Summit will be conducted in English. Interpretation services to all other ICAO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) will be provided.
Registration to the Summit is free for all participants, there are no fees associated with attending the event. All participants must register online prior to their arrival in Cape Town. Space is limited, and therefore registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Early registration is recommended due to the high number of expected delegates.


For further information regarding the Summit, please contact

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