On the sidelines of the European Shipping Week 2020, Danish Shipping discussed the importance of more women onboard vessels and in the shipping industry, referring to ECSA’s goal on getting more women onboard. Anne Windfeldt Trolle, Executive Director, Danish Shipping, spoke during the event to discuss about the initiatives launched to increase the number of women in the maritime sector.
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In line with a wider discussion on the importance of gender diversity in shipping, a special initiative called ‘She of the Sea’ is working to make the yachting industry more diverse, in line with IMO’s work to empower women in the maritime community.
The shipping industry is making efforts to boost women presence in the male-dominant industry, backed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that selected “Empowering women in the Maritime Community” as the theme for 2019.
On 11 February, the global community celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, aiming to defy gender bias and defeat discriminations that holds women and girls back in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) fields.
According to a recent statement, Svitzer showed its commitment to focus and work towards reaching gender equality within the shipping industry by signing the Kvindercharter. This initiative, which was hosted by Danish Shipping, saw a total of 14 industry players signing the Charter to support the increase of female professionals employed within the shipping industry.
Maritime Training Trust, owned by the Indian government and the local shipping industry, will provide scholarships up to Rs. 1.00.000, to women seafarers in order to encourage and promote their career in the shipping industry. The initiative was approved by the Directorate General of Shipping.
WISTA International and IMO signed a MoU on technical cooperation to further promote diversity and inclusion through enhanced cooperation activities in the maritime sector. This comes in line with previous work by both organizations to enable more women in shipping.
The Government of India focuses on the importance of women seafarers, highlighting that for the time being there are few Indian women on ships, and calling for additional women participation in the industry by launching guidelines.
AP-Moller Maersk, Maersk Tankers, DFDS Group, Norden and Torm are the five companies announced to join Denmark’s new “Charter for more women in shipping” initiative, in favor of attracting more women in the shipping industry.
The first female student that gets admitted to Japan’s national naval submarine academy is now a fact. Risa Takenouchi entered the academy on January 22, after Japan ended the ban on women on the its submarines.
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