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Report sets out women seafarers’ health and wellbeing concerns

Identifying key areas of concern for women seafarers A new report designed to identify key areas of concern for women seafarers will be the centrepiece of a meeting on the health and wellbeing of women working at sea. The new Women Seafarers' Health and Welfare Survey is a joint initiative by the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), and the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS). Among the findings of the survey, which was completed by 595 women seafarers, are that: Nearly half of all respondents reported joint/back pain, and stress/depression/anxiety were the two biggest health challenges they faced. The biggest issue preventing women seafarers accessing healthcare while at sea was lack of confidentiality Over half of respondents would welcome routine wellness checks ITF maritime coordinator Jacqueline Smith commented: "This survey underlines how relatively little research there has been so far into women's working lives at sea. It helps fill those gaps and shows how much more has to be done for us to see the number of women at sea break out of the current and unacceptable one to two percent of the workforce. "We particularly welcome the ...

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