Yolanda Kaunda: Malawi’s First Female Aviation Captain


The landmark achievement of becoming a female pilot or captain is becoming a recurring welcome development. As many other women in aviation climb the ladder, Malawi records her first female captain, Yolanda Kaunda. The announcement coincided with the international women’s day celebration. Both occasions couldn’t have been more significant, especially for Malawian women. More so when the theme for this year’s celebration was ‘pledge for parity’.

Malawi Tourism Council took to social media to congratulate the trendsetter for opening a door of possibility for the younger female generation. Yolanda currently works with the Malawian Airlines.

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To be a certified female captain, there must be a conspicuous proficiency in the profession. There is an unconscious pressure to be extremely good. This is because of the stereotype and the social construct that flying planes is not women-inclined. Thanks to Yolanda and other aviation super-women before her. Together they are reversing the belief.

Perhaps coming out tops is the secret why most nations of the world are including more women in the labor force. Today the African aviation sector has registered a significant number of outstanding women in the sector. In countries like Nigeria and Rwanda, women fly aircrafts for wars and peace keeping missions. The likes of Nigerian Blessing Liman, who has what it takes to be a soldier-pilot.

Women in aviation are respected because it is a big deal to know that the hundreds of lives suspending in the air lie in your hands. Typically that is the role of the man in the African system – defending the lives of his own; however, the women in aviation have taken up this lot too and are incredibly successful at it.

Africa celebrates Yolanda Kaunda as she grows the number of Africa flying-ladies and sets the pace for other African and Malawian young ladies.

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