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More Women Needed in the Marine Sector Says International Maritime Organisation

17th May 2024
Women make up less than 2% of seafarers worldwide, an International Maritime Organisation has heard
Women make up less than 2% of seafarers worldwide, an International Maritime Organisation has heard

The International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations agency for the sea, has called for more involvement by women in the world’s maritime operations, marking today’s International Day for Women in the Maritime sphere.

Its Secretary-General, Arsenio Dominguez, says that, currently, only 29% of the overall maritime workforce and 20% of the workforce of national maritime authorities are women. 

“Women make up less than 2% of seafarers worldwide. We must invest in women's education and professional development, empower women to drive innovation and foster sustainability within the maritime industry, to the benefit of all,” he said.

This year International Day for Women is on the role of women in maritime safety worldwide and highlighting the need to change attitudes towards gender in the maritime sector.

Tom MacSweeney

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Tom MacSweeney writes a column for He is former RTE Marine Correspondent/Presenter of Seascapes and now has a monthly Podcast on the Community Radio Network and Podcast services

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