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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The participation of the Saudi Arabian women delegation at the Regional Conference for Arab Women in the Maritime Sector shed light on the practical steps taken by Saudi Arabia to achieve the ambitious Vision 2030, which envisages increasing the participation of women in the workforce from the present 22% to 30%.
A regional conference on women in the maritime sector took place in Dili, Timor Leste, on 6-9 November, under the theme: Transitioning from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals. The event gathers members of the Women in Maritime Associations for Asia from 22 Asian countries.
Ms. Katerina Stathopoulou, Member of the WISTA International Executive Committee, advises how to ensure a long term career in shipping and talks about WISTA’s efforts to achieve gender balance in shipping, which by nature is a male –dominated industry. Ms Stathopoulou refers to WISTA’s powerful collaborations with big Associations, confirming that the organisation continues action towards women’s empowerment in the maritime community.
An event took place in Alexandria, Egypt, on 15-19 October, where 30 women from nine Arab countries officially launched The Arab Association for Women in the Maritime Sector.
Barry Bryant (Commodore, RN), Director General at Seafarers UK, talks about the actions that the welfare charity has taken for providing vital support to seafarers in need and their families. He discusses about the most common challenges faced by men and women at sea and gives his advice to younger generation looking to develop a career at sea
Encouraging more women into seafaring careers will help UK improve its skills base, especially amid general technological progress in the industry, said the UK’s shipping minister, John Hayes CBE MP, noting he is “determined that we can and must do more” to get women into careers at sea.
The first three Emirati women graduated as captains of 24-Meters vessels from the Maritime Training Centre at Abu Dhabi Ports, the operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Celebrity Cruises announced partnership with the Regional Maritime University in Ghana marking the first time in cruise industry history, in order female bridge officers to be openly recruited from a West African country, through a new Celebrity-RMU Cadet Program.
In June 7, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association signed a MoU with the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, in London. The two organisations will offer five scholarships annually, over the next 10 years, to individuals nominated by WISTA International. The scholarship will cover the Foundation Diploma programme at The Institute.
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