First Saudi woman attains aircraft dispatcher license

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Aisha Jaafari has become the first Saudi female to attain an aircraft dispatcher license, after passing the General Authority for Civil Aviation exams.

Eight other Saudi women have been trained and are taking their final exam, reported Saudi daily Al-Iktisadiya.

An aircraft dispatcher plans flight paths for pilots after gathering and studying technical data.

“My love and passion for aviation pushed me to attain this license,” Jaafari said. However, she added that she will not be going out on the field and will perform her duties in a “suitable environment.”

Khaled al-Khobeiri, spokesperson for the General Authority for Civil Aviation, said: “Aisha and her friends will work in a separated, well-equipped environment to aid the pilot by providing him with all necessary information before he takes off.”

Women in Saudi Arabia are in a lot of cases dependent on their male guardians. They need a close male relative to escort them if they enter government buildings or courts.

However, there has been progress in integrating women in public life. Earlier this year, the world saw how women empowerment in the kingdom made a gradual shift when 3o women were sworn in as members of the Saudi Shura Council.

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