IMO Focuses on Quality Education & Training in 2024’s Women in Maritime Day Program

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IMO established the International Day for Women in Maritime in 2021. Since then, this day has been celebrated on 18th May to recognise the struggles and contributions of women in the shipping industry.

The theme of 2024 is “ Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety”.

Various organisations celebrate this day by emphasising women’s strides in the field while campaigning for gender equality.

IMO marked this occasion with its 36th annual program. It also revealed that women make up less than 2% of seafarers globally despite all efforts.

The Secretary-General, Arsenio Dominguez, said that much needs to be done to bridge this gap and empower women. He focused on education and professional development, the need for innovation and the adoption of sustainability for the good of all.

AMSA Executive Director Policy and Regulation Leanne Loan said that it is a day to honour the achievements of women in shipping while continuing the struggle for inclusivity and equal opportunities.

She highlighted the need to accept diverse opinions and have female role models and leaders to achieve an inclusive maritime industry.

IMO’s Women in Maritime Program was started in 1988 and follows the method of training, visibility and recognition for women seafarers. This year’s program was broadcast live and featured several seafarers, leaders and professionals from the maritime domain.

Other maritime organisations celebrated this day and focussed on education and quality training.

For instance, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, in cooperation with the Sri Lankan Navy, conducted the 1st IPC Navigation Training for female sailors in Southeast Asia to prepare them for commanding roles in the future.

IMO has pointed out new trends, such as increasing digitalisation, automation, and greener technologies, which require developing skills.

The program urged everyone to understand and create awareness and positive change within their workplaces to help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

References: Safety4sea, IMO

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