Aviation enthusiasts, associations, and corporations organized 203 local events across the globe to raise awareness and introduce 35,000 women and girls to aviation careers and opportunities as the world celebrated the 12th edition of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week (March 7-13).
Despite ongoing Covid restrictions in many parts of the world and an emerging military conflict in Ukraine, corporate stakeholders, schools, and communities returned to the joy of hosting in-person events and put together a wide range of aviation discovery opportunities for women and girls. They flew it forward onboard light airplanes, para-gliders, and balloons where Covid restrictions permitted it.
Small or large, in-person or virtual, each #WOAW22 event had for the goal to familiarize women and girls with aviation careers and opportunities and give them a chance to connect with local aviation professionals and enthusiasts.
“The world of flight always fascinated me but I did not know that it was something I could actually do until today,” said Pilar Dias.
The annual Pink Paper Plane Challenge was a great success once again. iWOAW received 6,876 photos with Pink Paper Planes submitted from across the globe to build the world’s first digital photo mosaic made entirely of photos featuring Pink Paper Planes.
Türkiye extended its lead over the United States and Canada for most WOAW events held over time with 459 vs 359 for the United States and 197 for Canada. With 91 reported events in 2022, it led the annual friendly rivalry between nations.
Since 2010, WOAW’s outreach initiative made it possible for 455,000 women and girls to discover aviation, hands-on, and pilots gave a first flight experience to more than 75,000 women and girls using airplanes, seaplanes, ski planes, helicopters, ULM, gliders, paragliders, and balloons. The next annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week will take place from March 6 to 12, 2023.