This year, once again, the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS) will be celebrated on 25 June. The International Maritime Organization has announced that the 2019 campaign is to be called “I Am On Board with gender equality”.
Throughout 2019 there will be a strong emphasis throughout the maritime world on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks.
Much of this is being driven by the World Maritime Day theme (Empowering Women in the Maritime Community). It is already clear that this theme has a very strong and far-reaching resonance.
It provides an opportunity to highlight opportunities for women (as well as the contributions they are already making) in a wide range of maritime careers and professions, but the focus will be very firmly on one aspect of that community – seafarers.