The latest news about increasing support of women in leadership positions in transport just in this morning from Hong Kong.
World Streets is firmly behind the movement to bring more women at all levels of society and in all countries into the heart of the process of understanding, planning and implementing fair mobility for all. Since 1973 the editor has been actively engaged in the movement to increase the role of women in the highest levels of leadership in public, private sectors and into the volunteer and NGO movement. At times this has been a lonely vigil, but as the French poet Louis Aragon told us some two generations ago: “La femme est l’avenir de l’homme” (Woman is the future of man). If you believe that, it makes you very hard to stop.
And now the word to Dr. Dorothy Chan, International President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
WOMEN IN LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT (WILAT)
Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) groups have been formed in the last years in UK, Nigeria, Middle East, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Pakistan — and more are likely to be formed under the umbrella of the Institute
To promote the status of women in logistics and transport, and to raise recognition for those already practicing in the field. To bring together those who support talent and career development of women and to provide a support network and mentoring opportunities for women in the sector.
THE GROUP OF FOUNDERS
Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT)was founded by a group of female members of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in 2012. The members run the group completely on a voluntary basis and periodically organise events to promote the life of women in the industry. They are connected on Facebook and are linked in with The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Hong Kong (www.cilt.org.hk).
The group sees the challenges facing women in the industry and by living up with the challenges, our women in the field represents the spirit of the famous female army chief 花木蘭who went into the battle field for her father.
Historically women have been under-represented in sectors such as transport and logistics. This can be caused by women’s lack of interest in working in such environment and/or different barriers that limit their access to male dominated working environment.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport provides career development and professional training opportunities. A further initiative to establish a group on women in logistics and transport is to further promote our industry to competent female members and to sustain their development in the sector.
We will provide opportunities to interact with women in the industry. We also aim to provide mentoring opportunities to match experienced women leaders with newer members, providing them with a comfortable arrangement to ask questions, solicit advice and learn from each other. Women joining this society will become friends of WiLAT.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport,
7/F Yue Hing Building 103 Hennessy Road Wanchai Hong Kong
President: Dr. Dorothy Chan
t +852 2866 6336 wwww.cilt.org.hk
Other WILAT programs: :
- WILAT, Nigeria – http://wilatnigeria.org/index.html
- WILAT UK – http://www.womeninlogistics.org.uk/index.php
- WILAT UAE – http://kat-logics.com/?p=827
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And to our dedicated Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/gatnet/
Step by step. Slowly, too slowly surely. But we have the vision and we have the courage. And we shall win.