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ILO: Employment rates gender gap shrank by less than 2% in 27 years

In the last 27 years, the difference in the employment rates for men and women has shrunk by less than two percentage points, according to a recent report by ILO. The report shows generally that education is not the main reason for lower employment rates and lower pay of women. 

It’s ‘make-or-break time’ for shipping to invest in women

Digging deeper into the diversity issue and learning by other industries, shipping tends to understand that a diverse organization equals with a more profitable organization by all means. It is high time, we look at how priorities are set in the shipping industry agenda and move from discussions into real actions.

Kierstin Lachtman the new head of Liberian Shipowners’ Council

Kierstin Del Valle Lachtman recently became the new Secretary General of the Liberian Shipowners Council (LSC), the Liberian Registry announced. Ms. Lachtman has worked as a representative and advocate for shipowners, most recently as Manager of Maritime Policy for CLIA.

Disney Cruise Line inspires future female leaders

Disney Cruise Line announced a new initiative to inspire the next generation of female leaders in the maritime industry by funding scholarships to empower girls and young women to pursue careers in the cruise industry.

Gender pay gap continues to be an issue

HR Consulting from Spinnaker Global gathered a group of maritime HR professionals to discuss the challenges and opportunities on gender diversity within this unique industry. Using their 2018 Maritime HR Association salary survey data, HR Consulting provided an overview of the gender pay gap within UK shore-based maritime.

Watch: Women seafarers share their experiences from working in shipping

In this video, female EMSA colleagues share their experiences in the context of the IMO’s ‘Empowering women in the maritime community’ theme for 2019. As Manuela Tomassini, Lawyer, said: ‘Excellence is not linked to gender, but opportunities need to be equal’. Speaking about their experiences on board, several EMSA female colleagues call women to follow their dreams and say that with the right tools they can achieve anything.

Day of the Seafarer 2019 to focus on gender equality

This year, as always, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrated on 25 June. Throughout 2019 there will be a strong emphasis on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks. This year, the campaign hashtag is: #IAmOnBoard. In addition, a more specific and targeted element of the overall campaign will be ‘Make one change’. 

IMO focuses on inspiring maritime women

‘Use your power to empower’. ‘Say what you’re thinking’. ‘Listen to the ‘yes’ voice in your head’. ‘Believe in yourself’. This was the advice given by various inspiring maritime women sharing their experiences of working in the maritime world at a special event on ‘Women, ports and facilitation’ at IMO Headquarters, London, on 10 April.

Women most disadvantaged, but they matter

Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director at Nigerian Ports Authority commented that ‘women are most disadvantage in the world’ and the world must understand that women matter when it comes to nation building. She stressed the importance of gender equality as a crucial tool for the nation’s building.

Career Paths: Natalie Shaw, ICS

Mrs Shaw says that studying for her professional qualifications was a worthwhile career investment, even if it impacted negatively her social life for a short time. Also, she suggests to only focus on the important things and delegate others when necessary. Overall, it is important to ‘work to live not live to work’ she concludes, meaning that it is worth putting family, and friends first as much as possible. 


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