Maritime Industry Australia Ltd (MIAL) says it celebrated its first International Day for Women in Maritime on Wednesday May 18.
The shipping industry peak body says it is well known that women are under-represented in the maritime sector.
In 2020, it released a report called Diversity – Women in Maritime, which identified the alignment between companies and employees regarding gender diversity and equality in the workplace.
It adds that the report also looks at organisational strategy while showing in some areas there is a disconnect between what companies say they are doing and what employees experience.
“Creating an environment that fosters inclusion and accelerates diversity in our industry is critical,” Teresa Lloyd, MIAL CEO, says.
“No one thinks that addressing the imbalance in maritime workforce gender participation is easy,” she adds.
“MIAL and our members all have a role in enabling the success of women and with the baselines provided by this report, we can work with industry to work on the next steps and measure progress.”
MIAL notes valuable insights were gained at the event from a breadth of sectors ranging from oil and gas operators, port/harbour services, shipowners, education providers, government departments and professional service providers.
It thanks all the organisations dedicated to promoting women in maritime – especially the IMO who announced that May 18, 2022, would be the first International Day for Women in Maritime.