General Members Assembly 2020 & Empowering women in the maritime

Save the date for General Members Assembly on the 4 March 2020 and a presentation by Leena Vedenpää, President, Wista Finland on Empowering women in the maritime.




Bulevardi 46, Helsinki



After Work seminar in Helsinki, at Gard 4 March 2020, Start: 17:45 


17:45   Networking

18:00   General Members Assembly starts 

19:00   Key Note: Empowering women in the maritime by Leena Vedenpää, President, Wista Finland

20:00   End of event 


Welcome to Gard's Helsinki office for a glass of wine. 

General Members Assembly

Welcome to the General Members Assembly on the 4th of March 2020. The meeting will take place at Oy Gard (Baltic) Ab's office at Bulevardi 46. The event will start at 18:00.  Please find the agenda below: 

If you would like to apply for the board 2020 or if you would like to discuss additional points during the meeting, please send an email to before the 29.2.2020 

Empowering women in the maritime.  Leena Vedenpää, President, Wista Finland

As 8th of March is the Woman's Day and in combination with IMO's focus on empowering women during 2019, we are happy to announce that we will have a guest speaker at the General Members Assembly. 

Leena Vedenpää, President of WISTA Finland, recently published her thesis with the subject "Is it a man's world? - Gender and leader roles in maritime" at Aalto University. 

From the abstract: Women still face obstacles in reaching leadership positions, despite the changes in attitudes towards equal opportunities. These obstacles are especially evident in the maritime field where only small percentage of the employees are women. This research studied the leader and gender roles in male-dominated field maritime in Finland using a framework based on the role congruity theory. In the framework, descriptive norms on what women are and do, and injunctive norms on what women should be and do, create the gender and leader roles. In the case of incongruence between these roles, women are not seen as leaders and when they reach leadership positions, they are judged on not adhering to the gender role. Research has shown that men don’t connect women and feminine characteristics to successful leaders and even though women may receive higher job performance grades, they still receive fewer promotions. Women don’t also emerge as leaders as often as men do. The leader and gender roles can be mitigated with factors related to the perceiver and the context. 

Leena Vedenpää recently gave the Key Note at Navigate in Turku and some of the conclusions from her session was then: