One global organization exits for women seafarers today, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA). WISTA is a grass roots conceived organization founded in 1997 to establish networking, education and mentoring focuses for women in the maritime transportation business. There are active WISTA branches all over the world today doing real work in supporting women. There are more than 40 countries supporting national WISTA branches. Each branch provides in-country and regional networking, business and skill building opportunities and facilitating relationships with the industry. The idea of mentoring permeates throughout WISTA and is one of the key elements of what they do. Mentoring is a powerful tool, one that we should all embrace.
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