Maritime UK launches Global Women in Maritime Series


Maritime UK is joining the global maritime sector to celebrate the inaugural International Day for Women in Maritime with its theme ‘Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment’.

The day celebrates women in the industry. It 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.

To celebrate International Day for Women in Maritime, Maritime UK is launching the brand-new Global Women in Maritime Series. The launch event, ‘What is an Ally?’ is being held in partnership with Women in Maritime Australia and features a raft of speakers from both sides of the world. This series will open up a global dialogue, which will share best practices, lessons learned and their unique experiences from being Women in Maritime on either side of the world.

Robert Courts (pictured), UK Minister for Maritime said: “Women have made and continue to make an invaluable contribution to the global maritime sector. It is critical that we recognise and celebrate their achievements on this inaugural day.

“We want the sector to be open to everyone, and we want to put the policies in place to support and promote women to work and progress in the industry. I am delighted to see the global cross collaboration between Women in Maritime Australia and Maritime UK to share experiences and best practice.

“Looking ahead I am and excited to see what the maritime industry can do to promote diversity and help women achieve their potential.”

Chrissie Clarke, Head of Diversity and Operations, Maritime UK said: “Maritime UK is delighted to launching our new Global Women in Maritime series with Women in Maritime Australia today to shine a light on gender equality across the globe. Making progress on diversity and inclusion is a global challenge, and as a global sector, we are really looking forward to seeing how we can make quicker progress together.” 

Sue Terpilowski, Co-Chair, Diversity in Maritime Taskforce/Chair, Women in Maritime Network said: “Women’s equality cannot wait. We are delighted to collaborate with the IMO to ‘support a barrier-free working environment’ and look forward to a continued dialogue with Women in Maritime Australia.”