WISTA The Netherlands president Sylvia Boer stepped in the shoes of eminent predecessors. One of them is Karin Orsel, who later became WISTA International president, years ago. That does not mean that she lives quietly behind the dikes up North the Netherlands. It’s a lady active for the good course of having Women @ the Helm and a tough lady at that! Read all about it on LinkedIn and Facebook. WISTA welcomes WISTA members to join the groups on these two social media.
Spinnaker Global Head of Marketing Rachel Morgan recently wrote about the position of women in the maritime industry:
“The shipping industry is tough on women. It is very male-dominated, which is entrenched in many parts of the industry. It’s notoriously a ‘boys club’ – sons inherit shipping empires from their fathers and grandfathers; from its founding in 1744, women were not allowed on London’s Baltic Exchange trading floor. It took one pioneering woman in the 1960s, Inge Mitchell, to be “allowed” in, and even then, they only let her in through the kitchen. She is now in her 90s, and still working hard to promote the maritime industry as one of the first female faces of shipping, and was recently named Woman of the Year by the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA).
For many years, women have only made up 2% of the general seafaring workforce. Of 6,500 engine officers at sea, only 1% are female. Last year it was reported that a massive 50% of female seafarers said sexual harassment on board ships is “an issue”, and 40% of female seafarers do not have access to sanitary bins on board ships. The industry has a responsibility to take these issues very seriously indeed.
Things are not all bad. WISTA have over 3,000 members worldwide, a network of women in shipping, where they have events and conferences where, importantly, women and men are welcomed. In early 2018, a new ‘Women in Maritime taskforce’ was launched by Maritime UK to address fairness, equality, and inclusion in maritime. The new Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, has championed the initiative.”