Cuba flies all-female commercial flight on int’l women’s day

A Cuban commercial flight on Sunday was for the first time piloted by an all-female crew, marking International Women’s Day.

“I feel deeply grateful. We have made it! I had a true calling for aviation since I was very young,” said one crew member Liliany Abad.

The six crew members on board a Russian ATR-72 airplane operated by the Cuban domestic airline covered a distance of some 160 km between Havana and the second largest Cuban island Isla de la Juventud.

“We’ve witnessed a historic moment for Cuban aviation,” said Cuba’s Secretary of State Council Homero Acosta.

On International Women’s Day, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel congratulated the women of Cuba and thanked them for their contribution to society.

“Happy International Women’s Day for our invincible Cuban women,” said Diaz-Canel on Twitter.

Women comprise 49 percent of Cuba’s workforce and 68 percent of technicians and professionals in the country’s state sector.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” aligned with UN Women’s new multi-generational campaign “Generation Equality,” which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Adopted in 1995 at the 4th World Conference on Women, the Beijing Platform for Action is known as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls everywhere.

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