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.
women in shipping
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Taskforce aims to bring together leaders from the maritime sector to identify solutions to increase the number of women in maritime, and within senior roles across its shipping, ports, marine and business services industries.
As we are heading towards the end of 2017, we take a look back at the significant developments for the protection of the marine environment. The entry into force of the BWM Convention, the exclusion of shipping in the EU ETS, the initiatives towards electrification and decarbonization compile the scenery of a challenging year for shipping.
Central and Latin America celebrated the launch of a new maritime network for women which joins the IMO family of regional Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs), giving visibility and recognition to the role women play as key resources for the maritime sector.
IMO announced that its technical cooperation activities have received a boost of $1.0 million by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The funds will be allocated to activities like training and supporting women in the maritime sector, combating piracy and other illicit activities that threaten the safety of navigation.
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