As we evolve pass the notion that this is a man’s world, we see a bright future where the scales are completely balanced, an exciting future where we all play a part, and where we can create gender parity.
The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign pushes for grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance.In a gender-balanced world, we need to see rural women getting educated, not getting gas cookers, a world where women are looked up to and not looked down on.
There is still an obvious absence of balance but we still want to celebrate the presence of women in Nigeria who have pushed beyond the limits and stood out from the crowd.
The 2019 international women’s day theme, Balance for better, pushes for gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage …
And to every woman who isn’t conforming to any form of limitation, we celebrate you
We had an interesting interview with the viral pilot, Adeola Ogunmola. She shared with us her fears, perception, and how she was able to flourish in a male dominated sector.
Do you believe there has been a shift in the world’s, more specifically Nigerians perception on Gender equality and what impact has this had on your career?
I believe there has been a positive shift in the world specifically Nigerian’s perception on gender equality and the impact on my career has been great and overwhelming as well. No doubt, the aviation industry is a male dominated, but there have been diverse forums advancing women programmes, which has brought together leaders from a range of industry segments, to share candid dialogue about how to advance women in workplace and to support their career.
During the course of flying across international borders, have you been faced with any discrimination in regards to your race or your gender?
During my course of flying across international borders, I have not faced any form discrimination in regards to my race or gender. The world is evolving and advancing fast, everyone is working towards achieving the goal and objectives in the working environment, by doing this we have come to appreciate and embrace our beliefs and race.
How were you able to hold your own in the male dominated aviation industry?
I was able to hold my own in a male dominated industry by holding myself to the highest standards and by willing to put time to develop my knowledge and skills and by continued learning , personal growth, combined with positive confident attitude and that has brought me this far.
Have you been faced with any form of rejection in your line of work? How did you deal with it and has any rejection been gender related?
Yes, I have been faced with few rejections in my line of work and that is where resilience comes in. My ability to recover quickly from difficulties, paying attention to inner critic and focusing on the positive side of life has brought me thus far. These rejections are not gender related in any way.
Congratulations on becoming the first female Nigerian pilot With Qatar Airways. What did it take for you to climb up the ranks and get to where you are now?
Thank you so much. It took me a lot of hard work, determination and focus. I have a lot of mentors in the aviation industry that supports me and keep pushing me towards been better, and I am also a very disciplined person and I not afraid of failure.