For the second year in a row, the overall number of women participating in the ESPO Committees meetings has increased, as in 2021, taking all technical committees together, women represented 38,87% of the port professionals who attended ESPO meetings.
his represents a 3% increase compared to the numbers in 2020. Ever since ESPO started monitoring the gender balance of its internal meetings in 2018, that number has been steadily increasing.
A closer look into the results of the different technical committees reveals that a majority of ESPO committees have seen an increase in the share of women attending the meetings in 2021. More specifically:
#1 Blue Growth Network
It reports the best result with 64,71% of women attending its meetings, an increase of 6% compared to 2020.
#2 Sustainable Development Committee and the Cruise and Ferry Port Network
Both the committee had an almost equal representation of men and women at their meetings, a stable trend in both committees compared to 2020. Even if we see a slight decrease compared to the previous year, 4 participants out of 10 in the Port Governance and Management Committee in 2021 were women.
#3 Other committees
Two Committees showcase the biggest increase, with 12% more women taking part in the meetings of the Intermodal, Logistics & Industry Committee and the Economic Analysis and Statistics Committee (in total 36% and 37%, respectively).
The Energy Network, the General Assembly, and the Executive Committee, gathered on average one third of women at their meetings (34%, 33% and 31%, respectively). The Trade Facilitation, Customs and Security, and Marine Affairs Committees show the lowest percentage of women attendees last year with 19%.
It is very encouraging to see that also in a challenging year where many port professionals had to work from home, combining more than ever work with family, the female attendance to ESPO meetings has grown
says ESPO’s Chair Annaleena Mäkilä.
Since 2018, ESPO has been monitoring the gender balance through the effective attendance of port professionals to the different meetings of the organisation.