Promoting interest of women in the maritime sector crucial

Re-elected President of Women in International Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA) Ghana Chapter, Jamilat Jawulah Mahama, has pointed out that promoting interest of women in the maritime sector is key to its growth and development.

For her, support for women to achieve leadership positions is crucial moving forward.

“WISTA Ghana believes that women in top position are few even though there are well qualified ones, and therefore, aims at encouraging women to rise to the occasion and be counted as partners in the industry”.

Ms. Mahama made this remark in her inaugural speech, when she was re-elected to lead the association again for the next year.

She said, women participation in the Maritime industry has increased over the past decade, and indicated that, it is the desire of accomplished women in this industry to bring to the minds of the younger generation the various avenues available for them as careers.

She said promoting interest of women in the industry will be pursued vigorously especially in the coming years, adding that, several programmes are underway to drive the agenda.

On increasing the number of women in maritime sector, Ms. Mahama said that WISTA would continue advocating for more maritime education, mentoring and training of the women folks, noting that it is only the women folks who can make a head way in the shipping sector.

Nine-member executives of Women in International Shipping Trading Association, Ghana, were inaugurated at a short ceremony in Accra. The executives were sworn into office to steer affairs of the association for the next year.

Some of executives include Gifty Boiboi, with Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Stella Cobbah with GPHA, Georgina Nyadia with Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), Mariama Dauda with SIC, Esi flemmings Adjei, with GPHA, Alice Odoi with GMA.

The rest are Josephine Antwi Adjei with Media General, Francisa Antionette Annoh, Doreen Dzidedi Ackuaku with GPHA.

WISTA Ghana is an association of professional women in the maritime industry. It was established in June 2009 with the sole aim of promoting the development of women in the maritime industry. The association is the third in Africa after Nigeria and South Africa and more recently Egypt.

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