Back in 1988, few maritime training institutes opened their doors to female students. IMO was in the vanguard of United Nations specialized agencies that forged a global programme known as the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector. The programme put in place an institutional framework to incorporate a gender dimension into IMO’s policies and procedures, with resolutions adopted to ensure access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime sector. Today, IMO’s Women in Maritime programme is still going strong after 30 years of activities.
Read more about the Women in Maritime programme here.
Maritime women – Global leadership
The maritime industry needs more women, particularly in leadership roles. The World Maritime University (WMU) and IMO have published a book to highlight the achievements of women in the maritime sector.
Making Waves – film
Women at the helm – film
The film held its official launch during the regional conference in the Republic of Korea, held in April 2013, on the development of a global strategy for women seafarers. The conference, held in Busan, Republic of Korea, organized and funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea through the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF), and hosted by the Korean Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology (KIMFT), together with IMO, adopted a declaration of intent towards the development of a Global Strategy for Women Seafarers. The conference adopted the Busan Declaration, in which the participants agreed to forge partnerships and solicit support of government agencies, as well as international and regional bodies to facilitate the implementation of a Global Strategy for Women Seafarers.