Celebrating women, 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.

Ms Amoasi applauded the Women in Port Management Course that she took part in, with sponsorship from IMO, in Le Havre France.

Those female maritime professionals gave their top tip in each featured profile, with the purpose of aspiring other women to join in shipping with no fear and achieve in their personal career.

Additional women that the IMO supports and highlights their career include:

# Regina Conteh-Khali


Women have to work very hard to stand out. A woman entering this industry must be disciplined and mentally prepared because it is a challenging career path. Even when it gets tough, she must not give up. Success is assured with perseverance.

...says Regina Conteh-Khali, navigational officer in Sierra Leone Maritime Administration.


# Ayse Asli Basak


Working in the maritime industry is great and exciting! Women bring intelligence and high skills to all fields of the shipping industry – let’s throw off the bowlines! Sail away from the safe harbour and catch the trade winds in our sails.

...stated Ayse Asli Basak, Port Captain at the Mid-Ship Group.

From those featured profiles, IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme, supports their efforts to spread the female role in maritime and raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in global. For the records, IMO's Women in Maritime Program, was initiated back in 1988 in order to move a step forward and achieve gender equality, since women represent only 2% of the world's 1.2 million seafarers and 94% of female seafarers are working in the cruise industry.

You may see all the featured profiles here.