• Greetings to all Women Seafarers on Women In Maritime Day!

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    Greetings to all Women Seafarers on Women In Maritime Day!

    This year's celebrations will focus on the theme of "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment," and the IMO has invited all industry stakeholders to participate.

     

    Digital Desk: Today is the International Day for Women in Maritime; it's a day dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating women across the maritime industry.

     

    In December last year, the International Maritime Organization formally adopted the International Day for Women in Maritimes. It is observed on May 18th annually from this year onwards.

     

    This year's celebrations will focus on the theme of "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment," and the IMO has invited all industry stakeholders to participate.

     

    Sarbananda Sonowal, the Union Cabinet Minister for the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and the Ministry of Ayush, took to social media platforms and wrote:

     

    "Greetings to all Women seafarers on Women In Maritime Day."

     

    "India's Nari Shakti is taking over the seas. Sharing a wonderful moment when I was honoured to felicitate the all-women crew of MT Swarna Krishna, which created history in global shipping," he further wrote.





     In a message to the industry, IMO secretary-general Kitack Lim said the observance aims to promote women's recruitment, retention, and sustained employment in the sector and support work to address the current gender imbalance.

     

    "On this inaugural International Day for Women in Maritime, let's take this opportunity to celebrate the many women who are contributing to the future of maritime: navigators, engineers, surveyors, CEOs, managers, representatives of government and industry, those chairing IMO organ meetings, and women in every other role across the industry," Mr Lim said.

     

    "Women are working in all facets of the maritime sector across the globe to support the transition to a decarbonised, digitalised and more sustainable future for the industry," he added.

     

    Mr Lim said maritime is an industry for everyone and that involvement should not be influenced by gender but by what each person can do.

     

    "There is still a gender imbalance in maritime, but times are changing as it becomes recognised that diversity in maritime benefits the entire sector," he feels.

     

    "Let's work to break down barriers and ensure that we create a work environment that is enabling, supportive, and inclusive of diverse participation by all, without hindrance in the maritime community," he stated.



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