# GirlsInSTEM ~ Girls in Aviation Day


SI Esperance ‘Girls in Aviation’ Project


October 11th marked UN’s International Day of the Girl, a day aimed at highlighting and addressing the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights, including access to education. The theme, “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force” is aimed at focusing resources on creating opportunities for girls to attain skills that make them employable. Women in Aviation International designated October 13th as “Girls in Aviation Day” to promote and encourage girls to explore careers in the filed of aviation.

Members of The Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance flying high with motivational speaker Wendy Yawching.
(L to R) Tara Pollonais, Rabbia Khan, Jayanti Lutchmedial, Patricia Campbell, Wendy Yawching, Denyse Ewe, President Cheryl Boodoosingh, Arnella Lalloo, Danielle Thomas.


The Proposed Soroptimist Club Esperance merged the celebration of these two important days and hosted a “Girls in Aviation” event, with the kind assistance of the University of Trinidad and Tobago Aviation Campus, Retired Captain Wendy Yawching and Bristow Caribbean Limited.  Captain Yawching gave a moving and awe-inspiring motivational talk about her life and the path she forged in becoming the first female Captain at Caribbean Airlines.

Retired Captain Wendy Yawching, first female Trinidad & Tobago Captain, encouraged participants to dream limitlessly… ‘Aim for the stars and if you fall, the clouds will cushion you.’


Twenty girls from rural areas in Trinidad attended the event and were treated to fun-filled day at the Camden Campus of UTT and Bristow’s operations at Piarco.


The Soroptimists and participants.


The girls also had the opportunity to speak with female students who are currently pursuing the BSc programme in Aircraft Maintenance and Management and met with UTT President Professor Sarim Al-Zubaidi, who himself is a recreational pilot, with published research in the filed of Aviation.


Mr Feyaz Karim, Director of UTT Aviation Campus and Dr Sarum Al Zubaidi, President of UTT field the girls’ questions.


The students spent the afternoon at Bristow Caribbean’s Trinidad operations, where they learned about the commercial side of the aviation industry. Bristow is the largest industrial aviation service provider in Trinidad and its helicopter services are utilised by all major players in Trinidad’s oil and gas industry.

On to Bristow, Piarco Airport.


Pilots, engineers and managerial personnel from Bristow spent the afternoon giving the girls a tour, answering questions and providing the young ladies with a wealth of information regarding careers in the aviation field.

Personnel of Bristow Caribbean’s Trinidad operations taught the girls about the commercial side of the aviation industry.


The girls were given the opportunity to get the feel of the cockpit.


Ready for take off!


 Up, up and away! Sheer joy!



Behind the Scenes with the Soroptimists

We EDUCATE, EMPOWER & ENABLE girls to find their dream, & have fun doing it!