Women in Aviation International (WAI) has inaugurated its Singapore Chapter, WAI SG, its first in Southeast Asia. Its mission is to build on the values of diversity and inclusiveness by encouraging more women to create an impact in the industry, benefitting the Singapore aviation and aerospace industry ecosystem.
Dr Amy Khor, Singapore senior minister of state in the Ministry for Transport and Ministry for Sustainability and the Environment, was the guest-of-honour at the launch of the Singapore Chapter, which was held at the Singapore Aviation Academy. Other guests included Kevin Shum, director general of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, and the Singapore chapter’s 31 founding members, including three men. WAI SG believes the participation of female and male advocates will be most effective in initiating women empowerment. Members come from diverse backgrounds – commercial, business, engineering, cargo, defence and space – bringing together unique experiences and different perspectives.
In line with Singapore’s declaration of 2021 as the year of “Celebrating SG Women” to promote gender equality, the launch of the Singapore chapter is timely. The newly-created chapter aims to facilitate powerful networks among key aviation stakeholders, increase visibility of women in aviation, and support outreach and STEM activities. WAI SG will offer mentorship programmes and scholarships for young women keen on embarking on a career in the aviation and aerospace industry.
“We are pleased to see such great enthusiasm at the early stage of the founding of the chapter in Singapore. We have seen a strong endorsement from key stakeholders who are very supportive to the cause of raising the visibility of women in the industry. Committed to promoting diversity and inclusiveness of women in the local aviation and aerospace ecosystem, our ambition is to empower more woman in thinking about global mobility and connecting them to WAI’s worldwide network of 14,000 members.” said Marie-Louise Philippe, president of the Singapore Chapter of WAI.