WISTA: Voice of Women in Shipping to Be Heard at IMO

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The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) International has received an approval for consultative status from IMO.

The International Maritime Organization’s governing body, the IMO Council, approved WISTA’s application on July 5, 2018.

“Consultative status gives us the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment, which are our main aims,” Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President, said.

“We can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in our industry, a critical component of which is promoting women in the industry, both shoreside and shipboard. WISTA’s efforts support the overarching principles in IMO’s Strategic Plan, especially the promotion of Gender Equality and the empowerment of women.”

WISTA International has been a voice for female executives in the maritime industry since 1974. Today, WISTA International has more than 3,000 members worldwide representing 44 National WISTA Associations.

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