International Day for Women in Maritime 2023 theme: ‘Mobilizing networks for gender equality’


The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed on 18 May every year. This year’s theme is: ‘Mobilizing networks for gender equality’.

The day celebrates women in the industry and promotes the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector. It is intended to 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.

A global conference of the IMO Women in Maritime Associations (WIMAs) is taking place at IMO Headquarters on 18 and 19 May 2023.
IMO invites Member States, the maritime industry, and all others in the maritime endeavour 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.

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