International Day for Women in Maritime 2023

International Day for Women in Maritime - 18 May


International Day for Women in Maritime  - 18 May 2023

The theme for 2023 is ”Mobilizing networks for gender equality”

Message from IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim

See here for a message from the Secretary-General of IMO, Kitack Lim, in which he highlights collaboration and networking in the maritime sector as a way of accelerating towards gender equality.

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Global Conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs) - 18 and 19 May 2023

A global Conference of the eight regional Women in Maritime Associations will take place under the same theme. 

Please find the photos of the event here.

Date: 18 and 19 May 2023

Time: from 9:30 a.m

Location: IMO Headquarters - hybrid modality on the first day (Main Hall), and in-person only on the second day (CR 9)

Registration: please see Circular Letter No.4700. Media who wish to attend should email


  • Introduction of the Women in Maritime Programme and the IMO Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs)/ Women in Maritime Can! Video

  • IMO WIMAs, the road so far: Presentations by the eight IMO Regional Women in Maritime Associations

  • WISTA International and the power of collaboration for a sustainable maritime future

  • Presentation by IMOGENder Network and panel on "Leveraging the WMU/IMLI networks and mentorships"

  • Men as allies for gender equality

  • Panel on "Breaking the glass ceiling"

  • Panel "WIMAs, IMOGENder and WISTA International: future opportunities for cross-cooperation"

  • Development of a draft Global strategy for the IMO WIMAs

  • Session for WIMAs on increasing visibility through social media and public websites. 

Full programme can be downloaded here.

Women in Maritime

Social media

IMO invites women in maritime and everyone in the maritime industry to celebrate the day on social media using the hashtag #WomenInMaritimeDay

Tagging IMO on TwitterLinkedInInstagram; and Facebook will allow us to view and reshare some of the posts.


The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed on 18 May every year.

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.   

Learn more about the IMO's Women in Maritime Programme here.


The logo for the International Day for Women in Maritime in all IMO official languages 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.    


IMO Gender Equality Award 

Nominations are being invited for the 2024 IMO Gender Equality Award

Please download:  Circular Letter No.4699 - "2024 IMO Gender Equality Award"