Women in Maritime - Visibility


International Day for Women in Maritime

18 of May has been established, following resolution A 32/Res.1170, as the International Day for Women in Maritime.

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. 

In 2024, the theme for the Day is "Safe Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety", which recognizes the crucial role women play in enhancing safety measures, whether through their roles as seafarers, maritime professionals, or in leadership positions.

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Maritime Speakers Bureau 

The IMO and WISTA International have partnered up to create a new platform, the Maritime Speakers Bureau, which provides the public with a global database of female experts in all fields of maritime. The Speakers Bureau aims to promote women's voices in the shipping industry and ensure that maritime sector conferences and events have diversity of thoughts, to represent the diverse and dynamic world we live in.

It is free to register and use by speakers and organizers, and can be found at the following link: https://maritimespeakers.com/ 

Women in Maritime - Survey

IMO and WISTA International have conducted the inaugural Women in Maritime – IMO and WISTA International Survey 2021 to examine the proportion and distribution of women working in the maritime sector, from support roles to executive level positions.  Member States and companies/NGOS were asked to fill in the survey to provide essential baseline data. The results of the survey can be downloaded.

The survey will be conducted once again in 2024, more information on this Survey can be found here.


Please find the survey visuals free to download and use below.


Turning the Tide

A film from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) showing how IMO's women in Maritime programme is helping to support gender diversity in the maritime sector.


Maritime Women photo resources

Social Media Wall - #MaritimeWomenPhotoShare

To achieve a more diverse workforce, it is essential that women are visible – both within the maritime community and, more widely, in representations of the maritime sector in news reports and marketing material. 

IMO has invited women of the maritime sector to share photos of themselves at work, using the hashtag #MaritimeWomenPhotoShare. Thanks to contributions from around the world, IMO is building a bank of images of women in maritime, where external audiences can source quality and realistic photos for use in news stories, social media posts and brochures, for example. This can be accessed at the following link: Women in Maritime | Flickr

The aim is to achieve a more diverse representation of maritime careers in the media, so that roles such as captain, chief engineer and seafarer are also portrayed by women. This will be key in inspiring young women to embark a maritime career, by showing there is a place for them in the maritime sector. 

Women in maritime profiles

IMO has invited women who have benefited from the Women in Maritime programme to share their stories.
Please click on the thumbnails below to view the gallery of profiles.