La mujer que da la vuelta al mundo en avioneta para formar a niñas en ciencia y tecnología

La mujer que da la vuelta al mundo en avioneta para formar a niñas en ciencia y tecnología

The first time Afghan woman Shaesta Waiz boarded a plane, she did so as a refugee baby fleeing with her family to the United States to escape the war between Afghanistan and the Soviet Union in 1987. The second time was on a Vacation, when she was 18, and the experience fascinated her. When she got off at her destination, she was determined to face cultural conventions to become the first female pilot in her home country. And so she did. Now, at the age of 29, Waiz has started a solo world tour in a single engine to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education  for women and girls in 19 countries on five continents.

The dream of Waiz is to increase the female presence in aviation. Women account for 0.6% of the total number of pilots and there are about 450 female captains in airlines worldwide – all of which could fit into a single Airbus A380 – according to data from the  International Society of Women Pilots of Airlines .

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