MUMBAI : Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India (FFFAI) Women’s Wing having been revived under the leadership of Chairman Mr Shankar Shinde held their first event to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8th March’2022 by organizing an interactive webinar on the same day.
The webinar was addressed by Mr Shankar Shinde, Chairman FFFAI, Mrs HK Joshi, Chairperson and Managing Director, SCIas special guest speaker, Mrs Philomena Pereira Mentor, Women’s Wing, FFFAIand MsChaitaly Mehta, Convenor, Women’s Wing, FFFAI.
During his welcome address Mr Shinde extendedhearty welcome to Mrs HK Joshi, highlighting her contribution in promotion of INSTC, which was well appreciated with participation on various forums.“It has been a good experience, having opportunity to interact during the INSTC meet at Afghanistan Embassy office and various other forums,” the FFFAI Chairman stated.Wishing Happy Women’s Day and congratulating the team on the webinar and off the webinar he thanked all for joining the Women’s Wing on FFFAI Platform.
He further pointed out that women have started playing a significant role in the male dominated logistics industry including taking up leadership Roles. Since 2013 FFFAI initiatives have been in empowering and promoting women and youth in Logistics. This is an unfortunate scenario since women represent around half of the global population and yet the analysis of their role in the male-dominated logistics sector remains uni-dimensional. However, the relentless focus on diversity and inclusion in the last few decades, especially on gender diversity, has borne fruit with women being identified as a potent talent. Women are breaking the proverbial glass ceiling and finding themselves playing an important role in areas of logistics sector.
Globally, in 2010, women formed only eight per cent of the logistics workforce which has steadily increased to 20 per cent in 2018. In India, specifically, this number currently stands at approximately 15 per cent and is expected to reach the current global average of 20 per cent by 2022. Considering the focus and the concerted efforts that is being put in across the sector, we are now witnessing women taking up leadership roles at the senior and mid-management level – not to mention many women getting into operational and technical roles like material handling equipment operators, shift supervisors, truck drivers, warehouse managers, stores and linefeed supervisors – other opportunities that have emerged.