New Delhi – On the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day (December 7), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Ministry of Civil Aviation jointly announced the inauguration of the Women in Aviation International (WAI)–India Chapter. WAI was founded in 1990 as a nonprofit organization to encourage the advancement of women in all aviation careers, and has more than 12,000 active members worldwide, with chapters located in eleven countries. This is the first WAI chapter in the South Asian region. The Ambassador and the Secretary congratulated the charter members of the WAI-India Chapter and reinforced their cooperation towards civil aviation, the empowerment of women, and India’s skills development initiatives. The Ambassador remarked that it is important that young Indian girls see these women in their aviation careers and see that aviation is a viable career path to pursue.