The event in particular was delivered through IMO's gender and capacity-building programme, together with GIMI, as part of IMO's efforts to support the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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In fact, the IMO emphasized on participants coming from Cabo Verde, Fiji, Kiribati, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles and Solomon Islands, were provided with key information and updates on innovations in the port industry. What is more, some of the subjects discussed were global trends and advances in port development, management and operations; port security and efficiency in container terminals; and international law concerning ports and ships.

Participants also had the opportunity to experience themselves the day-to-day operations of a port, and further apply the know-how to their countries, through organized visits to the Israeli Maritime Training Authority in Akko and the Port of Haifa and other practical simulator exercises.

Recently, the IMO launched the profiles of a number of women who thrive in the maritime sector, providing an insight into their work, aspirations, the support they've received from IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme has supported them – and their top tips for current and aspiring female maritime professionals.

The latest profiles of women include a Port Infrastructure Technician from El Salvador, a Student Support Officer from the Seychelles, and a Ghanaian Senior Marketing and Corporate Affairs Officer – Ms Flavia Amoasi.

Moreover, as part of its efforts to encourage more women in the maritime sector, the IMO supported a training course aimed at female officials from maritime and port authorities. A total of 25 women from 17 developing countries took part in the two-week "Women in Port Management" course, hosted in Le Havre, France, on 24 June - 5 July.