Seven Ghanaian women from Women’s International Shipping Trading Association (Wista) Ghana joined 170 ladies in the maritime industry to participate in the 41st WISTA International Conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Ghana’s delegation was led by the president, Madam Jemilat Jawulaa Mahamah MICS.
Hosted by WISTA Germany, the Conference was on the theme ‘Shipping 2025: Today’s Actions for Tomorrow’s Business’ and was organised hybrid at Rothenbaum with 23 countries representing.
The Annual General Meeting and Conference was the 41st after the first took place in 1981.
WISTA International takes SDG 5 as a priority, therefore gender disparity in the industry was highlighted with equitable access to leadership role in the maritime sector remaining a passionately debated concern.
History seems to have contributed to its current state of affairs.
A report of the gender survey undertaken by WISTA and IMO showed that women are still under represented in the industry.
President of WISTA Ghana, Jemilat Jawula Mahamah MICS noted that women leaders have to put in a lot more effort to promote the empowerment of the middle-level women and also encourage the up and coming young ones in the industry.
She maintained the future of shipping will be driven not only by technology but also decarbonization of the ships that are coming out onto the market.
Africa as a continent, she emphasised, will have to put systems in place to catch up with the rest of the world so as to be competitive.
On the part of the International Maritime Organisation, Secretary General Kitack Lim said a decision ave been taken to have an extensive review of its conventions on reducing pollution from the shipping industry, which entered into force in 2020.
Wista International HR Committee Head and Former Head of Shipper Services of the Ghana Shippers Authority Mrs. Naa Densua Aryeetey from Ghana gave an overview of the committee report and announced the WISTA Personality Award.
Two new excos were also welcomed in the association’s leadership.