More than 200 female maritime leaders gather in Istanbul for the WISTA International Conference 7-10 October. Following the daily news reports from Turkey and the Mediterranean Sea, we feel that we cannot visit without doing something from our side. The refugee crisis in the Mediterranean Sea got our industry's attention long before it hit the frontpages of international media, as many of our industry colleagues and companies have been directly involved in rescue operations for years now. We are proud to see that a vast number of companies and individuals have already supported the Syrian refugees by now. Still, as we are gathered with such a high level of dedicated leaders in a city so heavily affected by the refugee crisis, we feel the urge to do more. The Mediterranean countries take far more than their share of a responsibility that should be distributed all through Europe and the Middle East, and we can no longer look the other way. As we initiate our local campaign under the name "WISTA 4 Syria", we will challenge our network and maritime clusters in raising funds towards our international meetings in Istanbul. Join us and share this initiative to promote the attention towards this complex and critical crisis, whilst contributing to ease the current capacity challenges in Turkey.