Today is World Maritime Day and Shipping Australia is delighted that this year the theme is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”.
This provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.
“Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping”, The International Maritime Organisation said read more.
Shipping Australia magazine routinely features prominent women in the maritime industry in Australia with previous profiles including: My Therese Blank, Maersk Line Oceania; Lynne Clarke, MSC Cruises and Jeanine Drummond, Master Mariner, Harbourmaster Newcastle, Port Authority of NSW. This edition we feature Commodore Fiona Freeman, Australia’s national Hydrographer read more.
“It’s also time to recognise the pioneering efforts that the Royal Australian Navy has made in empowering women in seagoing roles”, Shipping Australia CEO Rod Nairn said. “Over the past 35 years the Navy has progressively opened all seagoing and operational roles to women and we are proud to acknowledge this in our current Shipping Australia Magazine” – read about it here.