In light of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on 25th November, Nautilus International reminds that crew affected by sexual violence or gender discrimination while at sea, can have access to the union’s helpline.
Strategic organiser Rachel Lynch told a recent meeting of the Equality and Diversity Forum that the Union had worked with various organisations over the last six months and undertaken specialist training for industrial staff to improve understanding of the impact of sexual violence, including assault and harassment, and how to handle disclosure.
Nautilus has a zero tolerance attitude towards abuse and we are working to address the stigma and fear around reporting incidents within the industry. This is part of the essence of what we do as a union, protecting members and promoting respect for maritime professionals.
What is more, guidance for members on recognising and tackling bullying and harassment in the workplace is also available in the Union’s resource pack and plans are in hand for further, updated guidance.
Members can call the emergency helpline Nautilus 24/7, the service that helps Nautilus members in emergencies round the clock wherever they are.
To remind, the premise of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is to raise awareness of the fact that women around the world are subject to rape, domestic violence, and other forms of violence; and to highlight that the scale and true nature of the issue is often hidden. The day initiates 16 days of activism concluding on International Human Rights Day, 10 December.
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