International Day for Women in Maritime - 18 May
The inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime on 18 May 2022 focused on the theme "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment”.
On this day, IMO invited all stakeholders to engage in events and activities around this theme.
On social media, we focused on visibility, sharing the many faces of women in maritime, and the hashtag #WomenInMaritimeDay was used.
Message from IMO Secretary-General
In his message for the inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, highlighted the relevance of gender equality.
"At IMO through training, visibility, recognition we aim to support a barrier-free working environment for Women in Maritime. Let’s work to break down barriers and ensure that we create a work environment that is enabling, supportive and inclusive of diverse participation by all, without hindrance in the maritime community," he said. Please see message here and video below.
The virtual Symposium on
“Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment for Women in Maritime” was held on
Wednesday 18 May 2022
The symposium panels addressed: What type of training supports a barrier-free working environment for women
in maritime? Enhancing visibility for women in the workplace/environment; Are women's contributions to maritime accorded due recognition in the work
Read more about the symposium here.
Watch the symposium here.
Overview on International Day for Women in Maritime activities
Watch below a short video coverage of the activities that took place to highlight the first ever International Day for Women in Maritime on 18 May 2022.
The logo for the day can be downloaded from logo page.
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The logo concept "Symbol of Women in Maritime" derives from merging the female gender symbol and iconic maritime anchor symbol.
The many faces of women in maritime
Women are an integral part of the maritime workforce, contributing to the success of shipping lines, ports, onshore services and more.
For the inaugural International Women In Maritime day, IMO shared the many faces of women in maritime.
Share on social media
On social media, IMO invited women in maritime to share images of themselves in their working environments.
IMO also invited allies to share images of themselves with the woman/women in maritime that make their working lives better.
The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed on 18 May every year. The first day is being held in 2022.
The day celebrates women in the industry and is intended to promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, strengthen IMO's commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime.
IMO Member States, the maritime industry, and all others in the maritime endeavour are invited to promote and celebrate the International Day for Women in Maritime in an appropriate and meaningful manner.
The IMO Assembly in 2021 adopted a resolution proclaiming the day.
Learn more about the IMO's Women in Maritime Programme here.