WISTA-SA celebrates International Women’s Day with youth

SOUTH AFRICA, Simon’s Town: Chairperson and members of WISTA South Africa (WISTA-SA) visited the learners at Lawhill Maritime Centre to commemorate International Women’s Day and promote discussions around equality in the workplace amongst the future generation of employees.

“Visiting Lawhill is a highlight on the event calendar for Cape Town based WISTA South Africa members – and International Women’s Day is an opportunity to share honest information and perspectives about career pathing, and discuss what equality means in a more practical sense,” said Clare Gomes, Chairperson of WISTA-SA.

“Engaging with young men and women on this important topic is always insightful – because we all walked away from the engagement having learnt a lot from the fresh perspectives of a younger generation. And we left them with a challenge – to work together to take steps towards greater equality in their own space; whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in the boarding house or in the home. Everyone has a role to play,” she adds.

“We echo WISTA International’s 2020 International Women’s Day Statement when we say that in the spirit of pursuing equality,  it is crucial that our industry, whichever aspect of it one considers, continues to be an attractive one for young people to pursue a career. This is why we continue to raise the profile of women in shipping and create a platform for them to share their stories about studies, careers and career pathing. Promoting positive role models are important in changing perspectives – and we are not in short supply of women entrepreneurs, leaders and innovators in the maritime sector in South Africa who can inspire youth.”

Members of WISTA South Africa from Damen Shipyards Cape Town, SA Marine Fuels, Resolve Marine, Transnet National Ports Authority, South African Boat Builders Export Council, Maritime Review Africa, Maersk and AMSOL supported the initiative by visiting the school.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

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