Women in Logistics and Transport (WiLAT) was launched in June 2013 to promote our industry to female members and to encourage and support their career development. WiLAT now has over 3000 members in 28 countries and we’re still growing.
Our mission is to promote the status of women in Logistics and Transport, to bring together those who aid the career development of women, and to provide a support network for women in the sector. We have a vision of being the most sought after organisation for advocacy and empowerment of women in the Logistics and Transport industry.
Our work toward this goal is concentrated into four key areas: Leadership, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship and Empowerment. Within these areas we work to bring change to our industry and the wider economy.
We are also aware of our role in society and our responsibilities not just to women but to the planet and to future generations. We are at the forefront of the change toward a greener, more equal and more socially responsible logistics and transport industry.
we firmly hold the view that diversity and encouraging more female participation in our industry, which is perceived to be male dominated, will do the industry well
(Dr Dorothy Chan, WiLAT Global Chairperson and Global Advisor, June 2019)
We Inspire, We Impact
See our online brochure below or click here for a pdf version.
WiLAT membership is fully dependent on membership of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Female members of CILT automatically become members of their local group of WilAT. Male members of CILT or anyone interested in WilAT but not yet a member of CILT may become a Friend of WiLAT. For further information please contact the chairperson of your local group or your regional co-ordinator.
The WiLAT Steering committee comprising of the Global Convenor, Deputy Global Chairperson, and Global Vice Chairpersons by region is responsible for the growth and development of WiLAT internationally, and for coordinating our annual global conference. The Global Convenor / Deputy Global Chairperson who sits on the CILT International Management Committee (IMC) reports on global development progress to the IMC regularly. Global Vice Chairpersons promote the interests of women in their region and encourage membership. Country groups work with and on behalf of women at local level, organizing events, providing local support and networking opportunities, and representing women within the local CILT council.
The operation of WilAT is governed by the WilAT Forum Guidelines as set by the CILT Council of Trustees (COT). You may view the guidelines here
Establishing a WiLAT Group
WilAT groups are formed within CILT Territorial Organisations and Branches. In areas where CILT is not yet established WiLAT activities will be guided by the regional co-ordinator. Please contact your regional co-ordinator for more information on establishing a local group.
Sponsorship is welcomed to encourage and sustain the development of WiLAT. Please contact us if you wish to support our groups or events.
We are delighted to share the first edition of our WilAT Newsletter: Wings of Change
“In this inaugural issue, we are capturing our journey of nine years, and presenting a snapshot of what we have achieved so far. The future issues will resonate with a relevant topic and theme. I take this opportunity to invite the members to submit opinions, technical reports, and short communications in the general area of Logistics and Transport along with initiatives carried out in your territories to empower women in the Logistics and Transport industry.”
-Dhashma Karunaratne, Editor
WiLAT groups by region:
– NORTH WEST AFRICA
- Gambia: Fatu Jahumpa Ceesay
- Ghana: Lynda Owusu-Afriyie
- Nigeria: Khadijat Ifelola Sheidu Shabi
- Egypt: Zeinab Awad
- Cote d’Ivoire: Carine Yemitia
– SOUTH EAST AFRICA
- South Africa: Margaret Bango
- Tanzania: Fortuna Makoye
- Uganda: Lucy Polly Adeke and their Facebook page
- Zambia: Namwakwa Nachilongo Kasafya
- Zimbabwe: Gwyneth Ganya
– INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS
- Mauritius: Vanita Hosanee
- WiLAT Reunion, Madagascar, Seychelles, Comores & Mayotte: Nazeema Seelarboku
– SOUTH EAST ASIA
– EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST
- Ireland: Aine Holden
- Middle East: Nadia Abdul Aziz
- Turkey: Berna Akyildiz
- Oman: Zainab Al-Balushi
- Central Asia: Marina Kuznechevskaya
– SOUTH ASIA
- Pakistan: Nasreen Haque
- Sri Lanka: Niroza Gazzali the WilAT Sri Lanka Secretariat and their local website
- India: Ragini Yechury or Usha Maurya
- Bangladesh: Halima Begum
– EAST ASIA
There are new groups developing all the time. If your country group is not listed please email us or contact your regional co-ordinator.