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On International Women’s Day, we look at how we are improving our gender balance

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Women's day 2020

Women make up 22% of the aviation workforce – but 41% of EUROCONTROL’s new recruits since we started our diversity drive in 2018. Great news on International Women’s Day!

Aviation is a famously gender-imbalanced industry, with a male-female ratio of 78:22 (and 71:29 here at EUROCONTROL). In 2018 we set ourselves an ambitious goal to lead our sector in terms of gender balance, diversity and inclusion: in that regard, these latest figures are really encouraging, reflecting a lot of hard work by our HR team, management and grassroots initiatives since we signed up to the European Commission’s Women in Transport initiative to improve gender balance across the transport sector.

That’s seen us review our HR processes, make our recruitment panels more balanced than ever before, put a lot of work into awareness-raising internally on the vital importance of gender balance, diversity and inclusion, and intensify our outreach to potential women candidates by explaining the wide range of attractive aviation careers.

While there’s still more we need to do to improve female representation at technical, managerial and decision-making levels at EUROCONTROL, this is a good start – and something to celebrate on International Women’s Day!

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