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Moving Towards Inclusivity in the Maritime Sector

Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep.

However, organizations and companies within the industry believe that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community.

Although the maritime industry needs more women, particularly in leadership roles. Today more than ever women are running companies, working on vessels and are strong leaders and forces within the maritime industry.

We have several resources to provide on the topic of gender equality in the maritime industry!

  • Celebrity Cruises has released a video #CrewUpWithWomen ( found below) as part of its efforts around gender equality!

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, says gender equality has been an important initiative at Celebrity. “We have gone from three percent of women on the bridge in 2015 to 22 percent fleet-wide in 2019 and, Celebrity Edge launched with 30 percent women crew – more than 50 percent higher than any other ship in our fleet or the industry, and we are not finished.”

The video #CrewUpWithWomen was produced with Pitch Her Productions, a female-led production company supporting women in the film industry.

  • Human Rights at Sea has provided a thought provoking article sharing the story of Amreen Bano, a high-acheiving Indian Electro Technical Officer now working often as the only ETO onboard VVLC vessel. This article highlights the ongoing challenges and struggles for women seafarers despite often achieving higher educational grades and placing than their male counterparts. Human Rights at Sea- Case Study

  • Safety4Sea has provided an article entitled "How men of shipping could get women to the top" detailing the ways in which a male dominated sector can promote women. Safety4Sea- Promoting Women

  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has a dedicated focus on promoting women in the year of 2019 and beyond. The IMO is taking the focus on gender equality to a whole new level for their Day of the Seafarer campaign, an annual event that recognizes seafarers in June. Check out the IMO video on the Day of the Seafarer 2019! Day of the Seafarer- Women offshore

In addition to the resources provided below there are more to explore!!

To learn more about IMO initiatives visit:World Maritime Day 2019

Also, the World Maritime University (WMU) and IMO have published a book to highlight the achievements of women in the maritime sector. 
The book, "Maritime Women: Global Leadership" is a compilation of scientific papers presented at the ‘Maritime Women: Global Leadership’ international conference hosted by WMU last year, in cooperation with IMO.

The IMO has also created three videos that show how the IMO and the industry are working to change to a more inclusive environment! See below.