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“ PAWA-FUL” women take control of the sky

The Pan-African Women in Aviation (PAWA) was accredited by the former Batswanan Transport Minister, Mr Frank Ramsden on August 1st 2012. Following the success of the conference of Women in African Aviation (WAFRIC) in Ghana, Bui Muihia, Chloe Grant and Edith Githachuri founded PAWA.

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In september 2011, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority kindly sponsored it. PAWA was officially presented in front of high ranking aviation officials at the 23rd plenary of the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) held recently in Accra, Ghana.

PAWA (pronounced “power”) aims to educate and to mentor women in aviation - particularly young women joining the industry, to provide information related to scholarships and the likes such as 'roadshows'.

Roadshows is a set of series of meetings held in a city or ca ountry-in the open to have the opportunity to chat with girls interested in the aviation industry and to enlighten them. Former WAFRIC board members and many supporters across Africa agreed that the creation of a pan-African organisation was needed. Therefore, the creation of PAWA was born out of this need. The idea was that the organisation would be similar to the African Union (AU), representing different African regions.

                                                     Visit the PAWA page on Facebook 

PAWA has received numerous endorsements from several countries. Major international commercial sponsors have also backed the organisation. Through the support of women and organisations in the West African sub-region during the conference, the work of the Southern African Women in Aviation (SAWIA), and the commitment of a host of ladies across the continent and worldwide, PAWA has played an important role in the aviation field.

The PAWA planning committee consists of women from South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Senegal, Nigeria, Zambia and Ireland. The board comprises of a variety of ladies with interests in aviation, from air traffic controllers, fixed wing & helicopter pilots, aviation lawyers and aviation trainers whom have been a great support to me personally as they shared their personal experiences with me and gave me great tips.

The PAWA inaugural conference will take place the 28th and 29th of June 2013 in  Botswana.

This story was originally written by Tariye  Orianzi
Born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 31st January 1989, Tariye Orianze graduated from the University of Port Harcourt in 2009. She moved to South Africa in 2012 to start her flight training. She is the youngest board member of PAWA (read 'power') or the 'Pan African Women in Aviation.' Some of her hobbies include flying, bowling, and acting in her local church. Follow her on Twitter at

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