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World Maritime Day 2019


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 About World Maritime Day 2019

​The World Maritime Day theme for the year is "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community".

This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.

 Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls

Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. However, IMO believes that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community. Through its gender equality and capacity-building programme IMO encourages its Member States to enable women to train alongside men in their maritime institutes and so acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands. 

IMO supports gender equality and the empowerment of women through gender specific fellowships; by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Click here to learn more about SDG 5. 


 List of events

​A series of activities and events will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Events will include (further details will be made available in due course):

  • 7 or 8 March - Special event in conjunction with the celebration of International Women's Day, including commemoration of thirty years of IMO's Women in Maritime Programme.
  • 4-5 April - 3rd International conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden. Read more.
  • 15-17 September - World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia.
  • 26 September - Celebration of World Maritime Day at IMO Headquarters, including special event.

Member Governments and international organizations are encouraged to organize events throughout the year to highlight the World Maritime Day theme.  

 Parallel Event 2019

​The World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 will be held in Cartagena, Colombia, 15-17 September 2019. Read more.

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