Maritime Organization (IMO), and the Women’s International Shipping &
Trading Association (WISTA International) have launched the inaugural Women in
Maritime – IMO and WISTA International Survey 2021 to examine the proportion
and distribution of women working in the maritime sector, from support roles to
executive level positions.
The survey groundwork for building diverse workforce in maritime
The survey is part
of a series of activities aimed at laying the groundwork for further
discussions on how to build a more diverse workforce within the maritime
sector, essential for a sustainable future. The data obtained by the survey
will help build a picture of diversity and gender equality in the industry.
The launch follows
the 2020 signing of the IMO-WISTA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on
promoting greater diversity. The MoU aims to set a framework for both IMO and
WISTA to promote gender diversity and inclusion as vital factors in providing a
sustainable future for the shipping industry worldwide.
Diversity in maritime matters Kitack Lim said
Secretary-General Kitack Lim said: “Diversity in maritime matters…We need solid
data on female participation, as this will enable us to track and quantify our
ambitions in what has traditionally been a male-dominated sector. I am pleased
to invite all Member States and maritime stakeholders to take part in this
Theodosiou, President at WISTA International said: “With our global reach we
can amplify the strength of this survey to show real results and back our drive
towards an inclusive maritime sector.”
Other initiatives under the IMO-WISTA MoU include
In addition to the
just-launched survey, other initiatives under the IMO-WISTA MoU include
developing a database of female experts in a wide range of maritime subjects
who are available for speaking engagements. This will contribute towards more
objective of the IMO-WISTA MoU is to strengthen cooperation and share best
practices between the IMO-established regional Women in Maritime Associations
(WIMAs) and WISTA International’s National WISTA Associations (NWAs).
Women in maritime survey
The IMO and WISTA
International survey is open to IMO Member States, IGOs, NGOs, public and
private companies in the maritime sector and maritime training establishments.
There are two separate surveys to be completed by Member States and industry.
To access the
survey click here https://www.research.net/r/IndustryIMOWISTA
The 2021 inaugural survey
is being carried out by IHS Markit on behalf of IMO and WISTA International.
The intention is to repeat the survey every three years. The aim is to support
implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in
particular SDG 5 on gender equality, SDG 8 on decent work, and SDG 17 on
partnerships. The data collected will assist in creating programmes and
proposing policies that will increase the participation of women in maritime,
thereby creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in our sector