WOC, WISTA partner to sustain women participation in ocean business

Hadiza Bala Usman

The World Ocean Council (WOC) has stated that it is partnering the Women International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) to advance women’s leadership in the ocean and coastal business community and the Sustainable Blue Economy at the 7th Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) 2019, IN Paris, France which begins today.

The Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) is a global organization connecting female executives and professionals from all sectors of the maritime industry. With more than 3,000 members in 49 countries, WISTA leads with the conviction that gender diversity and inclusions is the key to providing a sustainable future for the shipping, trading, and logistics industries worldwide.

Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President of WISTA International, said, “Sustainable development issues are key drivers to the future of the maritime and shipping sector and many women are leading the way in sustainable development, science and stewardship of our oceans. WISTA is proud to partner with the World Ocean Council to amplify the voice of female leaders in our industry to promote ‘Corporate Ocean Responsibility’.”

Paul Holthus, WOC Founding President and CEO, added, “The WOC is honoured to work with WISTA, as a leading international networking organisation for engaging management level women in the maritime, trading and logistics sectors, to promote women’s engagement in ‘Corporate Ocean Responsibility’ among its members and the broader ocean business. We encourage women’s network organizations from other ocean industry sectors to consider partnering with the WOC as well.”

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