Port Operators Bemoan Gender Inequality In Maritime Industry  

Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), has stated lower than two per cent of ladies make the workforce in Nigeria’s maritime trade.

Speaking whereas moderating a session with the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Mr. Kitack Lim on the Nigeria International Maritime Summit (NIMS) 2022 in Lagos, the chairman of STOAN, Vicky Hasstrup, stated the gender equality hole within the trade stays “very wide and unacceptable”.

She, nonetheless, counseled the federal government companies and personal organisations within the trade for his or her effort to bridge the hole, however maintained that regardless of these efforts, “a lot more work still needs to be done to give women their rightful place in the industry.”

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“I commend the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Women in Maritime programme initiated in 1988 to help gender equality and the empowerment of maritime ladies.

“Government companies and personal corporations within the Nigerian maritime trade have additionally tried to develop varied insurance policies/initiatives together with coaching, mentorship and networking alternatives to combine extra ladies into the sector, however it’s nonetheless an extended strategy to go.

“Women underrepresentation, discrimination and decrease pay, amongst different challenges, are a number of the threats to gender equality within the maritime trade.

“A lot more effort is required to counter these challenges faced by women in the industry,” she stated.

The STOAN Chairman stated IMO’s gender programme, which gives gender-specific fellowships to ladies; promotes insurance policies that guarantee fairness, protected and first rate working circumstances for all who work within the sector; gives an atmosphere the place ladies are recognised and nominated for profession improvement alternatives in maritime coaching institutes ports and maritime administrations have will assist in making a barrier-free working atmosphere for girls.

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“I also commend IMO for establishing the International Day for Women in Maritime to provide a platform to highlight and celebrate the achievements of women in maritime and identify areas of improvement for gender balance,” she stated.

In his response, the IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim stated, “Women inclusion in the world maritime has already caught momentum. One thing in IMO is, recently I appointed the first female Director in the history of the organisation. I expect something like this in Nigeria. I hope you may produce this in Nigeria. I hereby throw my weight behind women inclusion in Nigeria.”

In her contribution on the session, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, inspired ladies to equip themselves with the required expertise in order that they are often aggressive.

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“Don’t just ask for position because of your sex but earn it. Earn it by empowering yourself with the required skills and go all out there to get what you want. If you have the required capacity, it’s going to be very difficult for people to just push you aside,” she stated.

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