The UK government will announce plans to increase the proportion of women working in the offshore wind sector and triple the number of highly skilled jobs, on March 7. The plan also aims to increase the number of green collar jobs in the industry to 27,000 jobs by 2030, up from 7,200 today. Ensuring more diversity in the low carbon economy is part of the UK government’s commitment to create a fair workplace.
Women in shipping
Unwanted sexual contact in 2017-2018 increased for cadets and midshipmen compared to rates last measured in 2016, according to figures released by the US DoD. Among all female cadets and midshipmen, 15.8% experienced unwanted sexual contact in the past year in the 2018 survey, an increase from 12.2%.
In line with the global focus on enhancing the role of women in the maritime and shipping sector, the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, announced the Agency’s readiness to support initiatives aimed at getting more African women involved in the industry.
According to the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), women hold the 47% globally, amongst the 120 million people, who earn money directly from fishing and processing. The IMO-supported event WOMESA highlighted the challenges that women face in the Blue Economy, as the fishing sector is thought to be predominantly male.
Increased diversity awareness and empowerment of women in the maritime world is gaining ground lately with relevant events being held and interesting issues toping their agendas. On top of that, the theme of World Maritime Day 2019 is dedicated to empowering women in the maritime community.
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.
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.
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