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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 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.  Links to media coverage from 2019 are available here.

  1. The best man for the job; why the shipping industry so often misses the point of diversity. Splash 12 March 2020
  2. Women must be driven to set benchmark in an unusual career. Times of India.  11 March 2020
  3. St. Kitts Registry Sponsors Female Cadet to Attend WISTA ConferenceMaritime Executive. 11 March 2020
  4. All-female bridge team sets sail on International Women’s Day.  Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology. 11 March 2020
  5. Celebrity Edge's all-female bridge and onboard leadership team make history. Seatrade Cruise News. 9 March 2020
  6. Celebrating women at sea. Part 1; Part 2; Part 3. International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network. 8 March 2020
  7. We are all seafarers: International Women’s Day reflections from a female captain and engineer at sea. Marlins.  8 March 2020
  8. Big Careers! Big Opportunities! Maritime UK celebrates International Women’s Day by launching new resource for schools and industry ambassadors. Maritime UK.  8 March 2020
  9. Statement from WISTA on International Women’s Day 2020. Women's International Shipping & Trading Association. 7 March 2020
  10. International Women's Day: progress on gender equality remains slow. UN News.  5 March 2020
  11. Report reveals nearly 90 per cent of all people have ‘a deeply ingrained bias’ against women. UN News.  5 March 2020
  12. Maritime SheEO will help remove glass ceiling in shipping industry: Sanjam Sahi Gupta. Hellenic Shipping News. 3 March 2020
  13. Women stepping up as stereotypes break down in maritime worldProfessional Mariner. 3 March 2020
  14. Women in maritime: Leading the way in maritime law. DCN-Daily Cargo News (Australia). 25 February 2020
  15. Cameroon to elaborate strategy to involve women in the fight against maritime crimes. Business in Cameroon. 25 February 2020
  16. Barriers to work highlighted by female seafarers at European Shipping Week. Nautilus International. 24 February 2020
  17. Top 100 women in Shipping for 2019. All About Shipping. 19 February 2020
  18. Strengthening the Participation of Women and Girls in Ocean Science to Achieve the SDGs. International Institute for Sustainable Development . 10 February 2020
  19. With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls. UN News. 10 February 2020
  20. All hands on deck.  Diplomat Magazine (UK).  2 February 2020
  21. Grooming the next generation of women maritime leadersMaritime Gateway. February 2020
  22. Charting a course: Women in modern maritime industriesCayman Compass (Cayman Islands). 30 January 2020
  23. ITF supports push at the IMO for more women workers in maritimeInternational Transport Workers' Federation.  29 January 2020 
  24. WISTA International signs MOU with the International Maritime Organisation, IMOWomen's International Shipping & Trading Association.  27 January 2020
  25. Danish Shipping wants more women on boardDanish Shipping.  23 January 23, 2020
  26. Gender at the Core of the 7th Maritime Law Enforcement Dialogue in Southeast AsiaUnited Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. 21 January 2020
  27. Headhunter seeks female candidates to no availShippingWatch. 7 January 2020
  28. Panama Canal Gets Its First Female Deputy AdministratorWorld Maritime News. 3 January 2020