International Day for Women in Maritime 2022

International Day for Women in Maritime - 18 May


The inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime on 18 May 2022 will focus on the theme "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment”.

On this day, IMO invites all stakeholders to engage in events and activities around this theme.

On social media, we are focusing on visibility. Share the many faces of women in maritime and use the hashtag #WomenInMaritimeDay.

Message from IMO Secretary-General

In his message for the inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim, highlights 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.


IMO Symposium 

The virtual Symposium on Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment for Women in Maritime will be held on Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 14:00 – 16:30 hrs, British Summer  Time (BST)

The symposium will highlight the need for women to be more visible and mainstreamed in the maritime community, on board ships and throughout the sector as a whole, and more widely in representation at decision-making levels. The symposium will also address skills development for women in the maritime sector.

Register here: 

Download programme here


The logo for the day can be downloaded from logo page.

Please let us know how you plan to use the logo. If you require a different format, please contact

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 would like to see the many faces of women in maritime.

Faces of women in maritime at IMO

Share on social media

On social media, IMO is inviting women in maritime to share images of themselves in their working environments. 

IMO will also be inviting allies to share images of themselves with the woman/women in maritime that make their working lives better. 

The hashtag for the day is: #WomenInMaritimeDay. The platforms used will be Twitter (@IMOHQ); LinkedIn; Instagram; and Facebook.


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.