Hear how the IMO supports women in the maritime industry.

In 1988, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) initiated its gender programme for an institutional framework to incorporate a gender dimension into IMO’s policies and procedures. IMO has supported access to maritime training and employment opportunities for women in the maritime industry. Presently, the IMO gender programme is called Women in Maritime and focuses providing women training, visibility, recognition.

Today on the Women Offshore Podcast, hear from Helen Buni, the Principal Programme Assistant of the Technical Cooperation Division at IMO and the focal point for the Women in Maritime programme. Helen joined IMO in 2003 and has delivered capacity-building technical assistance activities that promote women in the ports and maritime sector around the world. On this podcast episode, Helen shares how the Women in Maritime programme has taken a strategic approach towards enhancing the contribution of women as key maritime stakeholders, supporting the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts.

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Before You Go – Be a Part of IMO’s Social Media Wall – #MaritimeWomenPhotoShare

A message from IMO, “To achieve a more diverse workforce, it is essential that women are visible – both within the maritime community and, more widely, in representations of the maritime sector in news reports and marketing material.

IMO has invited women of the maritime sector to share photos of themselves at work, using the hashtag #MaritimeWomenPhotoShare. Thanks to contributions from around the world, IMO is building a bank of images of women in maritime, where external audiences can source quality and realistic photos for use in news stories, social media posts and brochures, for example.

The aim is to achieve a more diverse representation of maritime careers in the media, so that roles such as captain, chief engineer and seafarer are also portrayed by women. This will be key in inspiring young women to embark a maritime career, by showing there is a place for them in the maritime sector.”

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About The Author: Women Offshore

The Women Offshore Foundation is an online organization and resource center for a diverse workforce on the water. Its mission is to propel women into meaningful careers through access to a worldwide community and professional development resources, while raising awareness amongst industry leaders and decision makers about issues affecting women on the water. Contact Women Offshore today: [email protected].

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