The Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) is proud to announce two additional award categories in its annual Fly It Forward® Challenge taking place during Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week – Most Female Friendly Association Worldwide and Most Female Friendly Corporation Worldwide.
Launched to celebrate the Centennial of the world’s first female pilot licence on March 8, 2010, the Fly It Forward® initiative aims to close the startling occupational gender gap in the air and space industry. As part of the global Challenge, aviation professionals and enthusiasts introduce as many women and girls as possible to the multiple facets of the industry, hands-on.
To date, the extensive and comprehensive awareness-building effort has given such personal experience to 195,000 girls of all ages. The nine community and individual Fly It Forward® awards recognize the Challenge’s participants who achieve and document the highest level of participation.
In the new association category, not-for-profit corporations must organize at least one official activity and motivate as many members as possible to get involved as well. The association with the highest percentage of members reporting their involvement in the Week’s official website will win the Most Female Friendly Association Worldwide distinction.
Likewise in the corporation category, for-profit corporations must organize at least one official activity and encourage employees to participate in some tangible manner and report their actions before the Week’s reporting deadline. The company with the highest percentage of participating employees will win the world’s title in the corporation category.
“Over the years, many industry associations and corporations have done far more than declare their support for women during the week of March 8. They have flown it forward,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “These new Fly It Forward® awards reward these industry trailblazers.”
Winners will receive a plaque for their office, a seal for their marketing communications, and free advertising in iWOAW’s website network (valued at $6,000). Plaques are remitted to the winners at iWOAW’s annual Gender Balance Symposium at the end of May.