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Women in maritime: How to encourage participation

This is a story of what a woman in maritime can do; a pathway towards overtaking the difficult conditions navigating the male-dominated maritime industry. From the importance of mentoring to the need for equal training.

How to eliminate sexual harassment onboard

Sexual harassment irrespective of what, how and against whom, is against the law; the victim and the perpetrator can be males or females, of the same or opposite sex. What is the shipping industry’s adjustment to this topic?

USCG welcomes fourth active female surfman

Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, became the fourth active female surfman in USCG, after receiving the surfman designation, the highest certification in US Coast Guard small boat operation, which allows rescue boat coxswains to operate in extreme weather and sea conditions.

EU agencies stand against sexual harassment

Equality is one of the fundamental values on which the European Union is built. Gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, is one of the most extreme manifestations of inequality and discrimination. A recently-published booklet indicated sexual harassment among the top five reasons why women avoid to follow seafaring careers.

WISTA forms Diversity Committee to support more women in shipping

WISTA announced the formation of its Diversity Committee, a member-driven project to focus on providing practical solutions to increase opportunities for gender diversity in the maritime industry. The committee works as part of WISTA International’s 2018 theme: The Women Who Move the World.

The role of women in shipping continues to grow

Gone is the myth that ‘women are bad luck at sea’. Living in the twenty-first century, we clearly understand that it is just a superstition. Several organizations have set the ground in the last decade for creating a greater awareness towards acceptance of women in the industry.

New training course to help women in maritime industry

Maritime subjects are set to be included on a new Leadership in the Public Sector course being developed by the training arm of the UN system, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. This was decided during a UNITAR meeting at IMO Headquarters, London, where a task force, including IMO, was created to develop the course.

First female captain named for AIDA fleet

Nicole Langosch has been appointed as captain in the vessel AIDAsol. As a result she became the first woman in the position of captain in the AIDA fleet. Currently, AIDA Cruises employs 14 female nautical officers aboard its fleet.

First meeting of BPA’s Women in Maritime Taskforce held

The British Ports Association welcomed the first meeting of its new Women in Maritime Taskforce, established to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector. UK Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP attended the first meeting and encouraged the sector to both challenge and support the Government on this initiative.

Booklet on gender diversity at sea published

The India-based Anglo-Eastern Maritime Training Centre, ISWAN, and WISTA have released a new booklet on building and maintaining gender diversity onboard merchant ships, addressing critical social, cultural and interpersonal issues that can affect productivity of seafarers.

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