Currently, no data is available on women in maritime in India and the shipping industry is missing out on 50% of the potential talent pool. Access to this data would enable the industry to promote equality and create an environment in which women will want to work, ISWAN informed.

The surveys aim to understand at what level women are employed in shipping, what roles have been assigned to them and what women-friendly policies have been put in place. The goal of the initiative, endorsed by the Indian Directorate General of Shipping, is to ensure women and men have equal opportunities in the maritime sector.

Sanjam Sahi Gupta has launched three surveys to gather data from employers/owners, women seafarers and women in shore-based positions. The surveys can be accessed via the links below:

India had 154,349 seafarers on merchant ships at the end of 2017, an increase from 143,940 in 2016, 126,945 in 2015 and 117,090 in 2014, according to data provided by the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) in late February.