In an effort to boost maritime awareness, the IMO Council decided to establish an International Day for Women in Maritime, to be observed on 18 May every year.
amely, IMO’s meeting from 8-12 November, announced that the International Day for Women in Maritime will be observed on 18 May every year.
Once adopted by the IMO Assembly in December 2021, the observance will celebrate women in the industry, promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, strengthen IMO’s commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime.
Regarding the situation, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said:
I welcome the Council’s adoption of this proposal. Not only does it further efforts to achieve SDG 5 on gender equality, but it is a perfect follow-on action to the IMO Assembly’sresolution and call to achieve a barrier-free environment for women, so that all women can participate fully, safely and without hindrance in the activities of the maritime community, including seafaring and shipbuilding.
As informed,the proposal to establish an International Day for Women in Maritime was first addressed by IMO’s Technical Cooperation Committee (TCC) back in September 2021 following the momentum of the World Maritime Theme in 2019 “Empowering women in the maritime community.”
The proposal received wide support from the TCC Technical Cooperation Committee in forwarding the proposal to the Council.