Gender parity is a key issue impacting not only every aspect of the world’s work, but also the full achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and, in particular, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 — Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. ICAO is committed to closing the gender divide and encourages women and girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In support of the first ICAO Global Summit of the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) (November 2017), ICAO facilitated outreach to the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on joint work to be undertaken in support of gender equality and STEM in the world of aviation. UNESCO and ICAO sensitized NGAP Summit participants through the “Pink Hard Hats” workshop which encouraged young women to challenge gender stereotypes in STEM. Both organizations also laid the foundations of joint work in support of STEM and gender equality in the world of aviation.