AMSA launched its Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2019-2022, highlighting its principles on equal employment opportunity to include targeted initiatives for groups who are less represented in the industry. AMSA is also a proud employer of people from other diversity groups including people with disabilities, people from CALD backgrounds and LGBTIQA+ people.
The IMO published a new film, showing how IMO’s Women in Maritime programme is helping to support gender diversity in the maritime sector. As the video says, women are proving that, in today’s world, the maritime industries are for everyone. ‘It’s not about your gender, it’s about what you can do.’
During the ‘World Oceans Day’, June 8, IMarEST announced the launch of IMarEST Women’s Network. The Network will be open to all members, both male and female; The inaugural meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 9 and participants are able to join either in person, or virtually. IMarEST by the launch of the Network boosts its idea of ‘acting locally to succeed globally.’
Diversity is a well-known challenge facing shipping industry today. Most operators are aware that embracing diversity is of high importance, yet many don’t realise that their workforce isn’t as diverse as it could be. Besides, maritime is well known for being “traditional” and slow to change. Here is a short guide on leveraging diversity without getting wrong in setting diversity goals.
The Maritime UK Women’s in Maritime Taskforce highlights the alarming issue of gender equality in the shipping industry. Crew recruitment is sometimes difficult when panels don’t understand the benefits diversity provides in the initial recruitment process.
In light of women in shipping and diversity, World Pulse shares stories from women and their experiences; Seka, a member of World Pulse, provided her own thoughts on traditional gender roles when it comes to the important task of building peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
According to the Ghana Shipper’s Authority, the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana highlighted that more opportunities should arise for women participating in the maritime sector, mostly in Africa, to take advantage of the potentials of the continent’s blue economy.
BIMCO announced that it elected Şadan Kaptanoğlu, managing director of HI Kaptanoglu Shipping, as its new President on May 14, at its General Meeting in Athens. Mrs Kaptanoğlu takes over after a two-year period as President Designate and will be the first female President of BIMCO.
Hadiza Bala Usman, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), advised her female employees to balance work with the family life, saying that a woman needs to know when to draw a line and learn to devote time with the family, without office activities affecting her.
UK Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani, has blamed parts of the maritime industry for not being able to live up to its responsibility on jobs, skills and conditions. Speaking at the 13th annual Maritime HR conference in London, Ms. Ghani highlighted the lack of diversity in an industry where 96% of workers are male.
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