The World Maritime Day theme for the year is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, specifically, SDG 5, and to highlight the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.
Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 is being held in Cartagena, Colombia, 15-17 September 2019.
The World Maritime Day Parallel Event is hosted in a different country each year. It provides a platform that brings together important actors and stakeholders in the maritime community to discuss matters of mutual concern. In keeping with this year’s theme, the 2019 Parallel Event will raise a particular spotlight on issues affecting maritime women that are relevant to the wider maritime community.
The event was opened by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim. The programme and agenda for the 2019 Parallel Event includes speakers from IMO, Colombia, the World Maritime University; the maritime industry and others. Panel discussions will cover women in the maritime community; the UN SDGS and ocean governance from a maritime perspective; and the maritime industry in the era of new technology.
The Colombian Maritime Pavilion is hosting a linked maritime trade show.
Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. However, IMO believes that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community. Through its Women in Maritime gender equality and capacity-building programme IMO encourages its Member States to enable women to train alongside men in their maritime institutes and so acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands.
IMO supports gender equality and the empowerment of women through gender specific fellowships; by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.
A series of activities and events have been and will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Many maritime stakeholders have enthusiastically taken up the theme, which has been highlighted at seminars, conferences and panel discussions.
IMO has been directly involved in numerous events. These include:
Member Governments and international organizations are encouraged to organize events throughout the year to highlight the World Maritime Day theme.
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Source: Maritime Shipping News