Maritime UK makes a splash on International Women’s Day by launching two brand new initiatives aimed at boosting gender diversity within the maritime sector
Maritime UK, the voice of the maritime sector, and its Women in Maritime Taskforce celebrated International Women’s Day with a reception at Belfast Harbour to mark the launch of two new resources aimed at promoting gender diversity within the maritime sector.
The reception also saw more Northern Ireland companies to sign up to the Women in Maritime Pledge, which states: “We are committed to building an employment culture that actively supports and celebrates gender diversity, at all levels, throughout our organisation and our industry.” Since launching, over 100 companies have signed the pledge.
Maritime UK established its Women in Maritime Taskforce last year to address fairness, equality and inclusion within the maritime sector. The Taskforce brings together leaders from across the maritime sector to identify practical steps to increase the number of women in maritime, and crucially within senior roles across its shipping, ports, services, engineering and leisure marine industries.
The two new resources have been created to respond to specific challenges companies have raised in their mission to improve diversity. Namely, too few women speakers at industry conferences and a lack of gender diversity in new recruits.
Joe O’Neil, Belfast Harbour’s CEO added:
“Belfast Harbour was delighted to host today’s reception as part of our ongoing commitment to developing an ever more diversified workforce. Although traditionally viewed as a ‘male’ sector, we have benefitted from a significant rebalancing in recruitment over the past decade across our business, be that Port Operations, Belfast Harbour Police or Engineering.
“Belfast Harbour is already a member of the ‘Women in Maritime’ taskforce and initiatives such as todays will form part of our wider strategy to encourage more females to put themselves forward for job opportunities.”
Maritime Minister, Nusrat Ghani, said:
“I want to see more women enjoy a career at sea or on shore. Recruitment can often be the first point candidates encounter the maritime sector, and it is vital our ambition for greater diversity is reflected at this stage.
“This is just one example of the fantastic progress being made by the Women in Maritime Taskforce to open up this industry to everyone, no matter their gender or background.”
Harry Theochari, Chair of Maritime UK said:
“I am delighted that the Taskforce is producing such tangible results. Diversity is incredibly important to our sector. Today we miss out on huge talent and diversity of thought, which are essential to the future success of our £40bn sector. The resources launched today will help in our mission to change our maritime sector for the better.”
Source: Maritime UK