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.
During the IAPH World Ports Conference, 6-10 May 2013, Los Angeles, USA, IAPH Women’s Forum sessions were successfully held (Click here to see the session on YouTube). 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.
Since its first session, the Women’s Forum has steadily proceeded with measures to advance the status of women in the port industry such as IAPH Women’s Forum Scholarship, Women in Ports Mentoring Program and so on.
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.
Chair and Vice Chairs
General Director of Ports and Maritime Ancillary Industries
For America, Central & South Region
For Asia, South East and Oceania Region
For Asia, South/West, East and Middle East Region
- Tentative Agenda of Antwerp Meeting (February 2020)
- Women in Ports Mentoring Program
- IAPH Women’s Forum Scholarship (The call for Application was closed. Click here to see the 2019-2021 scholarship)
2020: Antwerp Conference
IAPH World Ports Conference – Parallel technical sessions at Radisson Blu Hotel
2019: Guangzhou Conference
- Draft Agenda & Chair’s Presentation
- Women In Ports Mentoring by Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales
- Mentorloop Program by Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales
- Mentorloop Example Pulse Survey Report Jeanine Drummond, Harbour Master Newcastle, Port Authority of New South Wales
- Draft Minutes
2018: Baku Conference
- Draft Agenda for Women’s Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan
- Enhancing the Productivity of Women in the Maritime Industry through Workplace Health and Wellness Initiatives by Ngozi Obikili, Asst. General Manager, Occupational Health, Nigerian Ports Authority
- Social medias update by Justine Camoin, Project Manager, MGI, Marseille, France
- IAPH Women Forum Africa Update by Fiona Mbandi, Senior Human Resources Officer, Kenya Ports Authority
2017: Bali Conference
- Draft agenda for Women’s Forum during 2017 World Ports Conference
- CULTURE & DIVERSITY by Viv Bull, Culture & Capability Manager, Napier Port
Women’s Forum on SNS
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/126585944210142/ (closed group)
- LinkedIn: http://goo.gl/bgaVYQ