>

IMO and WISTA International

“Women in Maritime” survey

IMO-WISTA “Women in Maritime” survey highlights current gender diversity across the sector and sets a benchmark for progress 

IMO – WISTA Women in Maritime Survey Results

Gender diversity in maritime is extremely fragmented by sector, according to data from the newly-published 2021 IMO-WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) Women in Maritime Survey Report.
The report, launched on the first IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, contains information about the proportion and distribution of women working in the maritime sector from IMO Member States and the maritime industry. The data demonstrates that women account for only 29% of the overall workforce in the general industry and 20% of the workforce of national maritime authorities in Member States.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said, “Benchmarking the current state of the sector is vital to measure where we are, and where we need to go. The Women in Maritime Survey 2021 shines a spotlight on areas in which IMO Member States and the wider maritime industry are performing well – and, more importantly, those where additional attention, resources and encouragement are needed. By actively empowering women with the requisite skills, maintaining a barrier free working environment, we create truly sustainable systems of gender equality.”
The survey contributes to initiatives to support the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality.
Women in the workforce
The report highlights great variation amongst individual sub-sectors. According to data gathered from Member States, search and rescue teams in national maritime authorities account for significantly fewer women staff (just 10%) as compared to female diplomats (33%) and training staff (30%). Industry data shows that women seafarers make up just 2% of the crewing workforce and are predominately found in the cruise sector, while in shipowning companies they made up 34% of the workforce.
WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou said, “The knowledge we have gathered about gender diversity in the maritime industry through this first Women in Maritime Survey 2021 is an important step in our ambition to create holistic gender diversity. As a first snapshot, this survey gives telling evidence of how much work still needs to be done. But it also shows us where there are a few bright spots. The maritime industry can see for itself which sectors are pushing ahead with diversity, and which are not.”
Ongoing diversity efforts
The survey was conducted in 2021 through online assessments sent to IMO Member States and companies. The survey is one of the activities under the 2020 IMO-WISTA Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting greater diversity and inclusion through enhanced cooperation activities in the maritime sector. 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.
IMO and WISTA intend to produce future Women in Maritime survey reports to measure progress and serve as guidance for the appropriate allocation of resources and capacity building by various stakeholders. 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 diverse panels at maritime conferences and conferences beyond the sector.
The 2021 IMO-WISTA Women in Maritime Survey Report can be downloaded here:

IMO – WISTA Women in Maritime Survey Results

 

*Both photos on this page are courtesy of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Events

WISTA International Conference 2022, Geneva

The #WISTAInternational AGM and Conference will take place in the beautiful city of Geneva, Switzerland from 26-28 October 2022, at the iconic Hotel President Wilson, on the […]

Read More...
See all upcoming events

News

IMO, WISTA and Maritime SheEO are inviting enrolments for the second cohort of the Leadership Accelerator Program (LEAP)

International Maritime Organization – IMO and Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association signed an MoU on 27 Jan 2020, agreeing to work together to explore and, where feasible, develop specific […]

Read More...
IMO-WISTA Women in Maritime survey highlights current gender diversity across the sector and sets a benchmark for progress 

May 18, 2022, London. Gender diversity in maritime is extremely fragmented by sector, according to data from the newly-published 2021 IMO-WISTA (Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association) Women in […]

Read More...
WISTA Malaysia – Official launch and networking event!

On 18 May 2022, WISTA’s Malaysian chapter will be officially launched in conjunction with the International Day for Women in Maritime. It will be officiated by YB […]

Read More...
Read all news

OUR NETWORK

WISTA has 3,800+ members and 54 National WISTA Associations (NWAs).

OUR NETWORK

WISTA has 3,800+ members and 54 National WISTA Associations (NWAs).

Copyright WISTA International 2020. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy