25th June 2019 marks the 9th anniversary of the Day of the Seafarer since its inception by the International Maritime Organization in 2010.
The International Day of the Seafarer is a way to recognize the great contribution seafarers are making to the world economy and civil society.
This year’s theme is all about empowering women in the maritime community and more specifically on June 25th, Women Seafarers will be celebrated for their contribution to the profession and for the great strides they have made to break through the barriers that exist in a male-dominated industry.
Roughly 90 % of the world’s goods are transported by sea and there are approximately 1.2 million people currently employed at sea. These numbers only begin to convey how important seafarers are to the maritime industry and the world economy as a whole. Seafarers must navigate a plethora of obstacles on a daily basis that come with the job such as dangerous and unpredictable weather conditions, physical and mental health issues tied to difficult working conditions onboard a vessel away from friends and family for months at a time, poor accommodation and communication facilities as well as their lives being exposed to danger when vessels pass through high-risk piracy affected areas and war zones.
At EDIT by celebrating on June 25th, we are showing our appreciation for the daily contributions of all Seafarers and especially this year we show our solidarity for gender equality in seafaring, how we can all help overcome the perpetuation of gender stereotypes and help create awareness around the changes that need to be made to improve diversity in the workforce.
What changes do you believe should be made to help promote gender equality in seafaring?
Visit Gender Equality in Seafaring and give the International Maritime Organization your take on what you think needs to be changed.