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Maritime Facts and Figures: WOMEN IN MARITIME

Information sources and statistics relating to maritime and shipping


"Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" was the World Maritime Day theme for 2019. The theme provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the important contribution of women all over the world to the maritime sector. 

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), meeting for its 120th session at IMO Headquarters in London, endorsed the theme, following a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.   “IMO has a strong commitment to helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and seagoing posts, in line with the goals outlined under SDG 5: 'Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls',” Mr Lim said.  Read More 


Recent Articles

Below are headlines and links to selected 2020 content, from the global media, which relate to the theme of World Maritime Day 2019, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.

  1. WMU PhD candidate Kristal Ambrose receives prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize 2020World Maritime University (WMU).  2 December 2020.
  2. Breakbulk Middle East empowers women in breakbulk sectorEmirates News Agency (UAE).  30 November 2020.
  3. The impact of COVID on maritime gender paySpinnaker Global.  24 November 2020.
  4. Women in Shipping Present a Unified Voice at Global AGMWomen's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).  5 November 2020.
  5. ICS sets targets to get more women working at seaInternational Chamber of Shipping (ICS).  3 November 2020.
  6. Recruitment change needed to draw women to bunker sector, research findsTradeWinds.  21 October 2020.
  7. Are jobs on some ships 'not for ladies'? Shipowners trade ideas on women at seaTradeWinds.  21 October 2020.
  8. A long way still to go. Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). October 2020.
  9. PODCAST: Sea Control 205 – Women in Maritime Security with Dr. Ruxandra Bosilca and Dr. Jessica Larssen Center for International Maritime Security.  8 October 2020.
  10. Beyond the 2% - a Future Vision for Women in the Maritime IndustryAmerican Bureau of Shipping.  26 September 2020
  11. Port master is captain of her career.  Soweto Live (South Africa).  11 September 2020
  12. Women on the Watch at the FOC [Fleet Operations Center]Carnival. 24 August 2020
  13. Anglo-Eastern, WISTA, ICS and ISWAN Launch Gender Survey to Update Gender Diversity ManualWISTA.  10 August 2020
  14. Personal protective gear: making shipping a better fit for female seafarers. TradeWinds. 21 July 2020
  15. Microsoft chief calls on shipping companies to include more women.  ShippingWatch. 17 July 2020
  16. Few female CEOs slow down more gender equality on shipping boards.  ShippingWatch. 8 July 2020
  17. How to get more women seafarers on board. Institute for Security Studies (ISS). 7 July 2020
  18. Join seafaring, maritime stakeholders tip women. Daily News (Tanzania). 1 July 2020
  19. The nurse who decided to go to sea. Splash 25 June 2020
  20. INS commits to closing gender gap at sea. International Nuclear Services (INS).  24 June 2020
  21. Grangemouth harbour master is first female to lead UK professional body.  10 June 2020
  22. Workshop Discusses The Sexual Harassment In Maritime Industry. Fiji Sun. 10 June 2020
  23. Meet the Innovator Protecting our Oceans in Solomon Islands: Dr. Katy Soapi.  Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). 4 June 2020
  24. Fijian Women Are Above International BenchmarkFiji Sun. 27 May 2020
  25. The issues facing women at sea and my goals for Maritime SheEO. International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network. 14 May 2020
  26. In Pictures: The Moroccan fisherwomenAljazeera.  12 May 2020
  27. Angola Joins WISTA International.  WISTA International (Women's International Shipping & Trading Association).  21 April 2020
  28. Maritime calling.  Lloyd's Register.  3 April 2020
  29. Somalia – An Ocean of Opportunities for Women in Maritime SectorEuropean Union EUCAP Somalia. 18 March 2020
  30. The best man for the job; why the shipping industry so often misses the point of diversity.  Splash 24/  12 March 2020
  31. Women must be driven to set benchmark in an unusual career. Times of India.  11 March 2020
  32. St. Kitts Registry Sponsors Female Cadet to Attend WISTA ConferenceMaritime Executive. 11 March 2020
  33. All-female bridge team sets sail on International Women’s Day.  Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. 11 March 2020
  34. Celebrity Edge's all-female bridge and onboard leadership team make history. Seatrade Cruise News. 9 March 2020
  35. Celebrating women at sea. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3. International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network. 8 March 2020
  36. We are all seafarers: International Women’s Day reflections from a female captain and engineer at sea. Marlins.  8 March 2020
  37. Maritime UK celebrates International Women’s Day by launching new resource for schools and industry ambassadors. Maritime UK.  8 March 2020
  38. Statement from WISTA on International Women’s Day 2020. WISTA International (Women's International Shipping & Trading Association). 7 March 2020
  39. Hutchison Ports Gains UK Women in Maritime Charter Certification. Port of Felixstowe (UK). 6 March 2020
  40. International Women's Day: progress on gender equality remains slow. UN News.  5 March 2020
  41. Report reveals nearly 90 per cent of all people have ‘a deeply ingrained bias’ against women. UN News.  5 March 2020
  42. Maritime SheEO will help remove glass ceiling in shipping industry: Sanjam Sahi Gupta. Hellenic Shipping News. 3 March 2020
  43. Women stepping up as stereotypes break down in maritime worldProfessional Mariner. 3 March 2020
  44. Women in maritime: Leading the way in maritime law. DCN-Daily Cargo News (Australia). 25 February 2020
  45. Cameroon to elaborate strategy to involve women in the fight against maritime crimes. Business in Cameroon. 25 February 2020
  46. Barriers to work highlighted by female seafarers at European Shipping Week. Nautilus International. 24 February 2020
  47. Top 100 women in Shipping for 2019. All About Shipping. 19 February 2020
  48. Strengthening the Participation of Women and Girls in Ocean Science to Achieve the SDGs. International Institute for Sustainable Development . 10 February 2020
  49. With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls. UN News. 10 February 2020
  50. All hands on deck.  Diplomat Magazine (UK).  2 February 2020
  51. Grooming the next generation of women maritime leadersMaritime Gateway. February 2020
  52. Charting a course: Women in modern maritime industries. Cayman Compass (Cayman Islands). 30 January 2020
  53. ITF supports push at the IMO for more women workers in maritimeInternational Transport Workers' Federation.  29 January 2020 
  54. WISTA International signs MOU with the IMO.  WISTA International (Women's International Shipping & Trading Association).  27 January 2020
  55. Danish Shipping wants more women on board. Danish Shipping.  23 January 23, 2020
  56. Gender at the Core of the 7th Maritime Law Enforcement Dialogue in Southeast AsiaUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 21 January 2020
  57. Headhunter seeks female candidates to no availShippingWatch. 7 January 2020
  58. Panama Canal Gets Its First Female Deputy AdministratorWorld Maritime News. 3 January 2020