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Ethiopian Airlines is Celebrating International Women's Day With an All Female Crew

All points of control, from the cabin crew to the safety staff, were operated by women.

Ethiopian Airlines has undertaken one of its long-haul flights from Addis Ababa to Oslo and Stockholm today with an all-female crew to mark International Women's Day. This is not the first time that "the Lucys" have taken over the airline. However, it is an ongoing initiative that is aiming to keep gender equality as one of the airline's top priorities.


In 2015, Ethiopian Airlines made its first historic flight out of the continent from Addis Ababa to Bangkok, Thailand with an all-female crew. On a continent where gender inequality still thrives and girl children are not afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts even from a young age, it is important, if not damn inspiring, to hear a woman's voice coming from the cockpit and announcing itself as the chief whip.

READ: Ethiopian Airlines Embarked Its First Flight to Buenos Aires with an All Women Crew

Speaking on today's flight, the airline's CEO Tewolde GabreMariam said:

"We are immensely honored that we have women trailblazers in every aspect of our aviation field. Women are an integral part of our success story from the start, and with this dedicated flight we honor and celebrate their indispensable contribution to our aviation group and the broader aviation industry, our country and the continent at large."

Aside from Ethiopian Airlines, Air Zimbabwe and Air India have also flown with all-female crews to highlight and promote gender equality in the aviation space.


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Opinion: By lending his voice to the horrid spectacle underway in Uganda, Akon is in fact endorsing the Museveni regime.

Autocrats across the world have often used artists to sanitize their regime's brutality. One method that has been increasingly employed has been the recruitment of high-profile artists—mainly Western music stars—to work as essential spokespersons for a country's tourism ministry. These artists then work alongside government officials—oftentimes propaganda artists in their own right—to sell a whitewashed image of the country, one that is almost always at odds with realities on the ground.

While the introduction of global celebrities into the authoritarian playbook of reputation laundering is a more recent phenomenon, placing a country's tourism industry front-and-center has long been a go-to tactic to soften a dictatorship's harsh image. The former long-ruling dictator of Zimbabwe, for example, Robert Mugabe, was a trailblazer in this regard. In 2012, he convinced the United Nations World Tourism Organization to appoint him as their international envoy, despite his government's categorically abysmal human rights record.

Years later, Rwanda's strongman, Paul Kagame, signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Arsenal, the popular English football club. For the 2019/2020 season, players sported jerseys with "Visit Rwanda" prominently displayed on their chests and sleeves, all while the country's political opposition, media, and human rights community faced continual decimation through arbitrary detentions, disappearances, extrajudicial executions and alleged state-sanctioned murders.

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