The International Maritime Organization’s annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS), celebrated on June 25, is putting a strong emphasis on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks this year.
The 2019 campaign – I Am On Board with gender equality – is
being driven by the World Maritime Day theme (Empowering Women in the Maritime
“It is already clear that this theme has a very strong and
far-reaching resonance,” according to the IMO.
It provides a chance to highlight opportunities for women,
as well as the contributions they are already making, in a wide range of
maritime careers and professions, but the focus will be very firmly on one
aspect of that community – seafarers, the organization explained.
Each year the IMO celebrates the seafarers with a campaign
that focuses on the importance of seafarers’ work for the benefit of the whole
world in a sector that accounts for around 90% of the world’s transported good.
In recent years there has been focus on the physical and
mental well-being of seafarers, while this year’s campaign is dedicated to the
role of women in shipping.
“Shipping has been a
male dominated industry for years, but now times are changing. Women are coming
to sea and they are proving themselves,” Human Rights at Sea said.
HRAS published the updated story and case study of Electro
Technical Officer, Amreen Bano, an Indian seafarer who is helping to lead the
way to increased inclusion and acceptance of women at sea.
The case study outlines the underpinning of her Muslim
faith, her immediate family support, her constant drive in the face of bias and
adversity, including the challenges she has faced to achieve her qualifications
and Certificate of Competence as the first and youngest female ETO in India, in
a previously male-dominated industry.