February 25th, 2019

Marina emphasizes role of women in seafaring industry

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has reiterated its full support and commitment to uphold gender and development (GAD) in the maritime industry.

At the recently concluded seminar-workshop on GAD, the MARINA GAD focal persons across the country reviewed its efforts to make its GAD-related initiatives more gender responsive and agreed measures to progress its work on this aspect.

The seminar-workshop served as an avenue to enhance the understanding of GAD concepts and introduce the concept of gender analysis as an essential component and tool for gender mainstreaming in its relevant programs and policies for the maritime industry.

MARINA has recorded 73,027 women seafarers or almost 10% of approximately 1 million Filipino seafarers issued with Seafarer’s Identification and Record Book (SIRB) as of December 2018.

Maritime has been campaigning for women to develop careers at sea and is actively involved in the promotion of equal rights for women in the maritime industry.

This year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) BANNERS the theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community" for the 2019 World Maritime Day in support of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #5 which is to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The IMO has significantly progressed its work on fostering an environment where women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports, and maritime training institutes, and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.