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Published: 17 April 2013

Hong Kong’s First Women Group WiLAT to support Women in Logistics and Transport Industry established

The inauguration was held at the office of CILTHK today and graced by Ms. Pansy Honrary Parton of WiLAT, Ms. Miriam Lau, WiLAT advisor and ex-Legislative Council Member, Mr. Frankie Yick, Legislative Council Member, Mr. Yau Shing Mu, Under Secretary for Transport and Housing, the representatives from The Women’s Foundation, together with Dr. Dorothy Chan, President of CILT, Prof. Becky Loo, President of CILTHK, Ms. Vicky Koo Convenor of WiLAT, CILT representatives from UK, China, Taiwan, Singapore and many other major industry leaders.

In unveiling the WiLAT Logo, Vicky Koo, Convenor of WiLAT explained that the alphabet ‘W’ replicates a flying bird that represents the flexibility, industrious, holistic, strategic and elegance of career women. The group is named Mu Lan Hui (木蘭滙) in Chinese after Hua Mu Lan(花木蘭), a legendary heroine in tale, to encourage women to overcome the tough working environment that they may face in their daily work.

In addition, speaking at the occasion, Ms. Koo mentioned the importance of gender diversity in the sector. ‘The nature of the industry requires dealing with people from all walks of life. It is not perceived as an elegant industry and hence has been dominated by male in the past. However, the industry has evolved with globalization and technology advancements. 4A executives (Adaptive, Agile, Aligned, Architecting) are required to cope with today’s challenges; and these are the innateness of women to handle.’ She also cited examples of organizations hesitancy to offer executive positions to women.