WISTA and IMO launch survey on distribution of women working in sector
The first ever survey to investigate the proportion and distribution of women employed in the maritime sector has been launched by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA).
The survey is part of a series of activities aimed at setting the groundwork for further debate about how the maritime industry can create a more diverse workforce. The data collected by the survey will help to create an image of the industry's diversity and gender equality.
The study's launch follows the signing of the IMO-WISTA MOU last year to encourage greater diversity and inclusion through enhanced cooperation activities.
“Having comparable data is a key component when creating programmes and proposing policies that will increase the participation of women in maritime. It is an essential step forward in creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in our sector. 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,” stated Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, President at WISTA International.
The survey is open to member states of the IMO, IGOs, NGOs, maritime sector public and private entities and maritime training establishments.
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