The German arm of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, WISTA Germany e.V, based in Hamburg, elected a new board of directors at the beginning of July, and for the first time a representative of Carnival Maritime, Cindy Paarmann, has taken a place on the board.
IMO’s governing body, the IMO Council, approved the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association International’s application for consultative status on 5 July 2018. WISTA will use its consultative status to promote diversity and enhance women’s empowerment. Currently, women seafarers constitute only 2% of the total number of seafarers worldwide.
WISTA announced the formation of its Diversity Committee, a member-driven project to focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities for gender diversity in the maritime industry. The committee works as part of WISTA International’s 2018 theme: The Women Who Move the World.
Gone is the myth that ‘women are bad luck at sea’. Living in the twenty-first century, we clearly understand that it is just a superstition. Several organizations have set the ground in the last decade for creating a greater awareness towards acceptance of women in the industry.
Cargill will cooperate with four NGOs to promote sustainability initiatives and enhance accountability across the ocean shipping industry. Through these collaborations, the company is aiming to spearhead industry-wide progress toward safer and more efficient international shipping.
The India-based Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre, ISWAN, and WISTA have released a new booklet on building and maintaining gender diversity onboard merchant ships, addressing critical social, cultural and interpersonal issues that can affect productivity of seafarers.
The WISTA Hellas 2017 Annual Forum, which took place on 27 November, at Intercontinental Hotel in Athens, included discussions focusing on the current and future challenges that may affect the shipping industry and on how ship owners can cope with these challenges to move forward.
Ms. Katerina Stathopoulou, Member of the WISTA International Executive Committee, advises how to ensure a long term career in shipping and talks about WISTA’s efforts to achieve gender balance in shipping, which by nature is a male –dominated industry. Ms Stathopoulou refers to WISTA’s powerful collaborations with big Associations, confirming that the organisation continues action towards women’s empowerment in the maritime community.
In June 7, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association signed a MoU with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, in London. The two organisations will offer five scholarships annually, over the next 10 years, to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma programme at The Institute.
The WISTA Hellas 2016 Annual Forum brought key players from the Greek and international shipping community together for an animated panel discussion on the uncertainty dominating the global market at Intercontinental Hotel in Athens on Thursday 8 December.
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