A new research project at Kalmar maritime academy aims to map out methods and strategies to reduce the risk of negative special treatment within the shipping industry. Working at sea, often for many months, means that a person who is subjected to harassment may face difficulties to withdraw and little opportunity to receive support.
Women in shipping
Lloyd’s List reported that an internal document of Cargill, a grains and agricultural trader, ‘the Inclusive and Diverse Speaker Guidelines’ commits the US’ largest privately-owned company to assemble panels and speaker line-ups that are gender diverse.
Women’s full and meaningful participation in the economy, political decision-making and society is key to addressing maritime challenges, said IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim in his welcoming address to the 6th session of the Sub-Committee on Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR6).
“Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers, “says Josh Bersin, leading provider of research-based membership programs in human resources (HR), talent and learning.
IMO launched a new logo for its Women in Maritime programme, as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The primary objective of the program is to encourage IMO Member States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women to train alongside men and acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands.
In our column, Mrs Beckstoffer further explains us how exciting an engineering career is for women, albeit the professional challenges which made her stronger and a more competent person
Closing the Maritime 2050 strategy event, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Nusrat Ghani explains that there is the need to ensure that these career opportunities are open to everyone, irrespective of their gender or background, which is not the case nowadays. She added that only 4% of the 10,600 UK certified officers active at sea are female.
Taking into consideration the need for a more holistic approach towards gender diversity, shipping is constantly showing an increased interest in augmenting the role and presence of women in a traditionally male-dominated industry. According to WISTA, Norway was ranked first in gender equality in maritime, where women account for 42% on company boards.
Thailand’s former Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been appointed as the chairwoman of Shantou International Container Terminal (SICT), operated by Hutchison Ports and located at China’s eastern Guangdong province.
On 5 January 2019, a platoon of 50 women was integrated for the first time into one of the all-male training groups, setting a milestone in the history of US Marine Corps. Women, training aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, still performed most exercises apart from the men, but they joined together for larger training missions.
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