IMO (International Maritime Organization) always work towards the women empowerment and ensure to play a role in giving them equal respect and importance. Recently IMO has launched a new logo under Women in Maritime programme as part of its mission to support the United Nations Sustainable Development 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all girls and women. IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme is a great step to encourage more women to join Shipping Industry.
Sharing more details about it, IMO Programme Lead Helen Buni said that the Maritime programme supports women participation both at sea and at the shore, under the slogan Training-Visibility-Recognition’ through an extensive range of gender-specific activities. She stated that the new logo is just one part of the programme as they have launched it with an objective to help women working in the Maritime sector to gain more visibility and exposure.
The primary purpose of the Maritime Programme is to persuade IMO Member states to come forward and open the doors of their maritime institutes to allow women to acquire training and high level of competence alongside men that the shipping industry demands. The programme provides gender-specific friendships, giving access to high-level technical training for women in the merchant navy in developing countries.
IMO Maritime Programme lead mentioned that the percentage of women graduates has been increased gradually over the years at their World Maritime University in Sweden. She mentioned that by 2018 around 1,029 females were graduated out of 4,919 graduates. The International Maritime Organization helps respective authorities to identify and select women for career development opportunities in maritime training institutes, administrations, and ports.
In 2019, there are 10 different activities are planned under the Maritime Programme which includes courses, workshops, conferences and meetings. Ms. Buni also mentioned that they are inviting the IMO Member States especially the regional associations for women in the shipping industry to use the new logo to show their support towards global IMO women in the family.
The new logo for the Women in Maritime Programme comes as IMO focuses on women in shipping in 2019, under the World Maritime Day theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”. The programme is mostly funded by IMO’s Technical Cooperation fund with support from a number of donors. IMO looks to find new sources of funding to promote their programme.