The International Day for Women in Seafaring, observed on May 18th, highlights the gender imbalance in the maritime sector. Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary General, celebrated the occasion as a tribute to women’s work within the maritime industry and emphasised the importance of promoting women’s recruitment, retention and continued employment in the field. In preparation for the day, the IMO organised a two-day conference in London, which was supported by several other companies and organisations from the sector, including the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the International Chamber of Shipping, the World Shipping Council, and the British Maritime and Coastguard Authority.
The event provided an opportunity for industry leaders to recognise the contribution of women in the maritime sector and the need to work towards greater gender equality. Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) underlined the importance of recruiting and retaining women in the industry through committed collaboration, highlighting that real change can be achieved for all. Meanwhile, Eleni Polychronopoulou, President of METIS Cyberspace Technology, reflected on the cultural shifts in the maritime industry that are leading to more women leaders, and Sinikka Hartonen, General Secretary of A sea, observed that career opportunities in seafaring are becoming a matter of gender neutrality.
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