Aviation is a forward-looking industry that connects people and business and supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2016, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) organized a photo contest on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in Aviation in collaboration with the International Aviation Women’s Association, which resulted in 91 submissions from all around the world.
The ICAO Global Aviation Gender Summit 2023, hosted by the Government of Spain and, on its behalf, by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, planned to be held from 5 to 7 July 2023 in Madrid, Spain, provides an opportune moment to hold a second contest inspired by this first successful experience. The intent of this multimedia engagement contest is to put women in aviation in the spotlight, provide an opportunity for aviation personnel as well as the public at large to engage on the theme of the contest, and create visibility for the Summit. Contestants will be invited to submit social media style multimedia items - such as photos, memes, clips, personal narratives – that relate their experiences and perspectives on gender issues and progress toward equality in aviation.
To this end, ICAO is inviting interested participants to submit their graphic or video files by Monday, 15 May 2023 by email to
GenderEvent@icao.int. In return, ICAO will seek sponsorship to facilitate the following prizes:
Using their multimedia submissions, participants are invited to illustrate one of the following gender-related topics:
- Women and innovation in aviation
- Women and sustainability of aviation
- Women in decision-making and policy-setting roles in aviation
- Diversity and inclusion in the workplace
- Women leading technical roles and overcoming stereotypes
- Towards the next generation of women in aviation
- COVID-19 and women in aviation
- Women, aviation and humanitarian assistance
- Aviation training and STEM education for women and young girls
This is by no means intended as exhaustive, and prospective contestants are highly encouraged to pursue any associated topics suitable to realizing their best possible submission.
Twelve qualifying entries will be uploaded to a public platform for voting, the results of which will determine the winners.
The ICAO Secretariat will determine whether an entry qualifies on the basis of its:
In the event that more than twelve entries qualify, the first twelve entries by chronological submission will be presented for the public vote.
The contest winner and runners-up will be notified on or before 10 June 2023. Official announcement of the winners will take place during the Global Aviation Gender Summit from 5 to 7 July 2023, in Madrid, Spain.
First Prize: Mr. Dev Kowsala Samarajeewa
First Runner-up: Ms. Guadalupe Gallardo