In efforts of improving the gender gap in the shipping industry, Celebrity Cruises announced an industry’s first; Sailing with an entirely female bridge and officer team. This comes in line with the company’s plan on boosting female presence in the cruise industry, given that it still is a male-dominant sector.
Women in shipping
In order to boost women’s leadership in the maritime and ocean business community, the World’s Ocean Council (WOC) and the Women’s International Shipping & Tradding Association (WISTA) are about to collaborate and sign an MoU, on 20 November at the annual WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit 2019 in Paris.
During IMO’s training courses at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Rabat, Morocco, in 13-15 of November, African women who work in search and rescue (SAR) operations, had the chance to be trained and extend their skills in order to face SAR missions.
Although the shipping industry remains a male-dominant field, as the Seafarers Happiness Index Q3 revealed, women’s empowerment is flourishing over the years. The IMO 2019’s World Maritime theme: “Empowering women in the Maritime Community”, shows skilled featured profiles of women that survived in the maritime sector.
Under its overall commitment to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, Carnival Corporation is supporting Catalyst’s Now Is the Moment – Be a Catalyst campaign, which has raised $21 million toward its $25 million goal.
Women’s power plays an intense role in the fishing industry, but their contribution is usually ignored. A side event on Women in Fisheries located at the Torremolinos Ministerial Conference (21-23 October), brought together key stakeholders from fisheries sector to debate the role of women in this field.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman called stakeholders in maritime to include more women in professional services. She highlighted that the increase of women in the sector would erase the ‘unfair’ balance in the sector.
The Ghana Maritime Authority together with the Women in Shipping and Trade Association (WISTA Ghana) have met with girls from secondary schools in the Accra Metropolis, aiming to educate and inspire them to take advantage of career opportunities within the industry.
In our special column this time, we are pleased to host an interview with Dana Jongens, Business Development Manager Maritime at Inmarsat, who says that although shipping is not the most progressive sector, there’s still room for improvement. Ms Jongens shares hes inspiration to change the industry’s reputation and make it more appealing.
The maritime industry in New Zealand is committed to working to empower women in the industry. For this reason, Maritime NZ Board commemorated this year’s World Maritime Day “Empowering women in the maritime community.”
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