The leading membership organization dedicated to growing the number of women in the global drone industry, announces the establishment of a chapter in Africa. Women and Drones, Africa will be directed by drone pilot and business owner Louise Jupp of South Africa. Jupp’s company Terreco Aviation offers drone-based consulting services. She says she is eager to help expand the Women and Drones mission across Africa, raising awareness about the roles women are playing in the African drone industry while supporting and inspiring others to get involved.
According to Jupp “We will start by showcasing trailblazing women in the African drone industry through a video series on the Women and Drones YouTube channel. In the series, women explain why and how they became involved in the drone industry, some of the challenges they overcame and opportunities they see for women now and in the future. They also offer advice for girls and women who might be interested in the drone industry but don’t know where to start.”
Each week members and non-members will be invited to join a Fireside Chat. The online event will provide an opportunity for women to connect with each other across the continent. Each session will feature a guest speaker from the drone industry, offering insight, case studies, services as well as best practice guidance. “With time, we will expand the activities and support features of Women and Drones, Africa for members to include benefits such as workshops, webinars, mentoring and discounted access to conferences or training programs,” says Jupp.
Women and Drones was founded by Sharon Rossmark in 2017, with a primary mission of inspiring more female participation in the emerging drone economy. Drone Industry Insights projects the global market for drone technologies will reach $43.1 billion USD by 2024. In the United States less than 7% of all certified drone pilots are women, according to numbers provided by the Federal Aviation Administration.
“We are excited about expanding our engagement with women in Africa” says Rossmark. “The numbers of women across the African continent participating in the commercial drone industry have been increasing. We will establish strategic partnerships to support their efforts when it comes to exploring emerging applications,” She adds, “As digital transformation expands, we envision women being major catalysts for new business ventures.”
Information about our Africa initiative can be found on the webpage: W&D Africa
You can watch the first two Zoom interviews in our new series by clicking the link below.
Onward and upward!
Women and Drones Africa Advisor
Author, Licensed Drone Pilot, Instructor and Speaker
East London, South Africa
Terreco Aviation is a consultancy for the professional use of drones in agriculture and sustainable land management community. Louise is a qualified drone pilot and licensed drone instructor providing theoretical and practical training for pilot licensing.
Louise also actively promotes the professional drone industry, through collaborative books that bring together global experts to showcase their experience, and raises awareness of the value of drone systems for agriculture and sustainable land management through public speaking.