The International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH), at its Board of Directors meeting held in Jerusalem on May 22, 2012, passed a resolution to establish a Women’s Forum that will aspire to advance and empower women in the maritime industry; create a platform for discussing women’s issues in the maritime industry, ways to encourage women to join the industry and to promote training programs enabling women to better compete for positions at all levels, including those previously not open to women.
The forum is open to any women, both IAPH members and non-IAPH members, who are interested in networking, examining best practices, solving professional challenges and working together towards reaching the goals of this forum.
During the IAPH World Ports Conference, 6-10 May 2013, Los Angeles, USA, IAPH Women’s Forum sessions were successfully held. On 9 May, Naomi Kogon-Steinberg kicked off by saying that “We are making history here today, as this is the very first IAPH Women’s Forum in 58 years, only led by women.” Following Naomi’s enthusiastic remarks and the IMO film entitled “Women at the Helm” shown, a panel discussion moderated by Anne Sigrid Hamran, Port Director, Port of Oslo, Norway, took place, where Marcia Ferranto, President Chief Executive Officer, WTS International, Susan Wise, Harbor Commission President, Port of Long Beach, and Karin Orsel, International President, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WIT) discussed the challenges facing women in the port industry.
Thanks to the Port of Los Angeles, the full video of this session can be viewed on YouTube at:
|For Africa Region
Senior Human Resources Officer
Kenya Ports Authority
For Europe Region
For America, Central & South Region
Guimara Tuñón Guerra
For America, North Region
|For Asia, South East and Oceania Region
Port Authority of New South Wales
For Asia, South/West, East and Middle East Region
* Ms. Jeanine Drummond and Dr. Elizabeth Blanchard are appointed as new Vice Chair (May 18, 2018)
* New booklet that summarizes activities of the IAPH Women’s Forum is available online. Please click here. (February 26, 2018)
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