International Day for Women in Maritime 2023

International Day for Women in Maritime -18 May. 2023 theme: ”Mobilizing networks for gender equality”.


Global Conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs)

The importance of collaboration and networking in achieving gender equality in the maritime sector was centre stage at the Global Conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations (18-19 May) held at IMO Headquarters in London. Members of the IMO’s eight Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs) from around the world and international partner organizations came together to explore the theme of this year’s International Day for Women in Maritime (18 May), “Mobilizing networks for gender equality”.  Opening the conference, IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, described gender equality as “a prerequisite for a thriving and resilient maritime industry” that would bring with it, he said, innovation, creativity and sustained growth. 

Please see the outcome of the Conference here.

Please find the photos of the event here.


  • 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.

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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.

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"