Dreams Soar: Afghan-American Pilot Shaesta Inspires Young Women around the World

Jul 17, 2017

Shaesta Waiz, a professional Afghan-American pilot, has been flying solo around the world to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among girls. She kicked off her journey from Daytona Beach in Florida on May 13 and has been scheduled to fly to 34 destinations in five continents.

On her stopover in Kabul, she appeared at a huge gathering with Kabul-area school girls, organized jointly by UNDP and Kabul Department of Education at Bayat Media Centre. She shared her inspiring story of how she achieved her ambitions as the daughter of an Afghan immigrant.

Shaesta Waiz told the gathering that she has been flying around the world to inspire young women like them to trust their abilities and get an education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) so that they can pursue careers in the fields like aviation.

Shaesta's event with schoolgirls went viral on major national and international media. 

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