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WISTA INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADOR

Ms. Mfon Ekon Usoro, Secretary General, Memorandum of Understanding on port state control for West and Central Africa in Lagos, Nigeria

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We have asked Mfon a few questions about being an Ambassador for WISTA;

In a male-dominated industry, WISTA has been able to celebrate a successful 40 years. What does WISTA mean to the women in the industry?

WISTA is a testimony that women have successfully ventured into and remained in the hitherto male only industry. It affirms the “can do” spirit of ambitious and entrepreneurial women and at the same time serves as a source of hope and encouragement to other women especially the new entrants and younger women.

What is the best way to attract young people to the maritime industry? 

The decrease in the number of young people taking up maritime careers is symptomatic of the problems in the entire industry. The millennials are interested in employment that will have a clear career path, high take-home offers, opportunities for trainings and promotion, equal opportunities, high tech facilities and equipment and work/ life balance. The industry will therefore have to adjust to meet all the above needs in a way that offers sustainable and fulfilling careers.

Can the same practices be used to attract women to the industry?

Generally, yes.  Having said so, I hasten to add that more efforts, resources and concentration will have to be directed at all the issues associated with gender diversity and inclusion. Companies and governments must adopt a gender inclusion policy which will contain strategies specifically targeted at women. Some of such measures will include giving women equal training opportunities, assurances of safety and security for onboard female crew and officers, safety from sexual harassment, flexibility in working hours and maternity leave etc. Most of all, well achieved women should make themselves the champion of female empowerment and strive to produce a younger version of themselves.

Events

Shipping & Environmental Protection Seminar Hosted by WISTA Cyprus

WISTA Cyprus will be hosting a Shipping & Environmental Protection seminar on Thursday, 21st of February, 2019 at Columbia Plaza Limassol, between 18:00-20:00pm. The presentation will focus […]

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WISTA Brazil AGM – Wednesday, March 13, 2019

As per the articles of our association, we invite our Members to take part of our Annual General Meeting, when we will present the summary of activities […]

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News

WISTA International Jubilee Year 2019

  WISTA International was formed in London in 1974 and is today a global organisation connecting more than 3,000 female executives and decision makers in the global […]

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WISTA Chile met the Dutch Ambassador in Chile

Today, Paula Pastén, President WISTA Chile, Jazmín Jorquera, Vice President WISTA Chile and Paola Ferreira, ExCo WISTA Chile met with the Ambassador from the Netherlands in Chile Mr […]

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Flavia Maia is elected the new President of WISTA Brazil

The AGM and elections of Wista Brazil Board took place on November 14 at the conference center of its registered address in Rio de Janeiro where Flavia […]

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