An entry in the 2016 Crocodile Prize
MALE dominated industries are slowly being nudged towards equality as women break barriers and set standards like never before.
Although their numbers may seem small in some occupations, women are steadily projecting their accomplishments everywhere.
One such person is Brownwein Kasito, who seemed unaware of the sound waves of her achievement as she went about her work at the Air Niugini hangar at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby.
This beautiful woman from Sirumpa Fayantina village in the Henganofi district of the Eastern Highlands had just become the second woman in the aircraft maintenance division to be licensed as an aircraft maintenance engineer.
Her female counterpart, Lyasi Bundu, had done the same some years back.
Brownwein is in her thirties and comes from a family of six. She lost her father in 2010, around the time she joined the aircraft maintenance division. She has since shared the responsibility of supporting her family, and especially her mother.
The rarity of Brownwein’s achievement is not just about her being a woman in a male-dominated field but about the determination and discipline that led to her dream.
She became inspired at a very young age by Juanita Tallman Bryan, an American student who had joined a flying club and learned to fly when she was just 16.
Juanita Bryan provided a flicker of inspiration that lit Brownwein’s passion and she excelled in her studies at Aiyura National High school and went on to study at the PNG University of Technology.
She graduated and briefly joined RD Tuna Cannery’s manufacturing and production department before moving on to the aviation industry with Airlink and then Air Niugini in 2008.
She later moved to the aircraft maintenance division in 2010 where she is now licensed as an aircraft maintenance engineer and works on Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 aircraft.
“Nothing is impossible to do or to overcome,” Brownwein said. “All you have to do is set your mind to it and push harder to achieve your goal.
“Learn from the challenges and become even stronger than before to push you to achieving your dream.
“I am thankful to Air Niugini for supporting me financially and in every way possible and helping me to achieve my dream.”
The aircraft maintenance division now has four females with Cindy Kala and June Taumumu working as aircraft maintenance engineers while six other women are cadets undergoing various stages of training.
Brownwein ended our interview with a brilliant quote from Albert Einstein: “I am thankful to those who said no to me, it is because of them I did it.”
And indeed she did it!