In celebration of International Women's Day 2023

Here at Ash Air, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Infact, we have 30% female representation across the entire company!

For a male dominated industry, we're very proud of this. Ash Air has representation in our National Warehouse, Branches and Head Office locations with administrators, accounts, schedulers, sales and service engineers, and managers roles throughout the country.

Gender diversity is one of our  focus points, with a target for our parent company to reach 30% female employees by 2030. To support the campaign for International Women's Day, we highlight and champion our own female team members and we have taken the time to ask some of our team some questions this #IWD2023.










What does being a women mean to you?

- Independent, Strong, A Multi-tasker.

*What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self?

- Study more, don’t be afraid to show your feeling to your beloved ones.

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be?

-Princess Diana, because she’s a kindhearted and brave. Once she was part of royal family, she used her status to help as many people as possible, becoming the figurehead for charity campaigns around the world. Someone who had everything and was eager to share it with is many people as possible.

Cynthia Widjaja 
SHEQ & HR Administrator



What does being a women mean to you?

Being a woman means being able to be powerful and assertive, yet kind at the same time.

 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self?

Fight for what you want, don’t let anyone take you for granted.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Elizabeth Tudor, better known as Queen Elizabeth I of England. She must have been one tough and interesting woman to have controlled the country in such a tumultuous period

My grandmother. If only I could have lunch with her one more time.
 

My mom is a fun person to be around who always makes me laugh. We don't spend much time together but when we do it's always a good time. I wish we could do more things together like go out and do something fun. I always wanted to be close to my mom but as I got older we kind of grew apart in a way. So it would be my mom

Cordia Enslin 
National Logistics Manager



What does being a women mean to you?

STRONG, RELIABLE, WE MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self?

The advice I would give my 16 year old self would be to always be yourself, find out what makes you exited and enjoy the things that you love doing,

Be all that you can be and learn all that you can.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Michelle Obamar- because she is an inspirational woman. She encourages young woman to believe in themselves. Her push to encourage young woman

they can be and do anything is amazing. Hard work and determination really pays off.

 

Helen Clark- her strong leadership.



Kelly Galvin 
Service Coordinator



What does being a women mean to you?

Can be sweet but strong also, Can be pretty but intelligent also, Can manage work and family balance.

 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self? 

Make more friends and travel together!
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Elizabeth II Queen, because I want to be independent, intelligent and elegance like her. She is my role model.

Stephanie Xu
Accountant



What does being a women mean to you?

I love being a women because I love being a mum and watching my children grow and develop into the most amazing adults that makes me very proud.
 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self? 

Always treat others as you would want to be treated. You only get one chance at this life so do what makes you happy and never be afraid to try, better to try and fail than to never had tried at all.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

My Mum - she hasn’t always had the best life but has always given 110% in everything she does she is the most giving hard working Lady and is always helping others and at 76 is still very active at the Gym and swimming, line dancing just to name a few and I enjoy her company.

Joanna Lumley – I love Joanna as an actress but also as a person she is an amazing compassionate women who has traveled extensively and has this amazing way with people.

Ruby Tui – I feel inspired by this young women who has achieved so much in her young life even though her circumstances have not been easy. It just shows you that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything.



Wendy Tisdall
Branch Administrator



What does being a women mean to you?

I love being a woman! I'm proud of who I am. Being a women to me means juggling many things, wearing many hats, and being empathetic yet assertive. Who runs the world "GIRLS!"
 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self? 

Always be kind. You never know what battles someone is going through, and to NEVER judge a book by its cover. That you can always find beautiful in the smallest of things and remember to always look up! The stars are bright up there.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

My mum, every night if I could. My mum taught me to be kind, her unconditional love and always looking for resolve is so inspiring. Being able to talk to my mum every day is amazing - she is my best friend! 

I would absolutely love to have dinner with Stevie Nicks. She is a rebel, a voice, and a STRONG woman. People time and time again told her no, and she said YES I CAN.

And to add to the mix, I'm pretty sure we would have Joanna Lumley join us with a bottle of red. Oh the banter we would have. She is loud and proud! Happy International Women's Day! 



Natalie Mitchell
Marketing & Communications



What does being a women mean to you?

Being feminine, a mother,  caring & giving
 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self? 

Be true to yourself, stand up for yourself and what you believe in.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

  1. Kate Middleton – she is the epitome of what the future king’s wife should be. 
  2. Kate Hawkesby - Love her no nonsense straight shooter comments & reporting.
  3. Alison Holst – Learnt so much from her down to earth, never fail, always delicious everyday cooking


Robyn Curtis
Sales Engineer



What does being a women mean to you?

Being woman is a privilege, we are strong and compassionate, tough and kind,  loud and reserved, a lady and a rebel all at the same time.
 

What advice would you give to your 16 year old/younger self? 

Dear 16 year old me, LISTEN to you mother. Nothing prepares you for womanhood better than your mothers love and guidance.
 

If you could have dinner with three inspirational women, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

My mother and my two sisters. No one can give you advice like the people that truly knows you.



Christina Steenekamp
Branch Administrator


About International Women's Day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality. 



Marked annually on March 8th, International Women's Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

#IWD2023

What's the International Women's Day 2023 theme?

The campaign theme for International Women's Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity. Equity isn't just a nice-to-have, it's a must-have. A focus on gender equity needs to be part of every society's DNA. And it's critical to understand the difference between equity and equality. IWD 2023's campaign theme aims to get the world talking about why "equal opportunities are no longer enough." Read more about this here.


What's the history of International Women's Day?

International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. Learn more about the day's timeline on the IWD website
 

What colors symbolize International Women's Day?

Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women's Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.
 

Who can support International Women's Day?

International Women's Day is not country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."  So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.


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