How Africa can draw women into the maritime industry

What practical steps can ensure that women participate meaningfully in Africa’s maritime sector?

Women have long been excluded from the maritime sector, both in Africa and globally. A recent study showed that only about 2% of the 1.2 million seafaring workforce are women. Overcoming the problem will be an enormous task. It requires better information about the circumstances in which women currently work and a deep commitment from governments, the private industry and civil society.

The seminar will discuss a new Institute for Security Studies’ report that suggests ways to overcome the structural barriers to women’s role in the maritime sector.

Chair: Liezelle Kumalo, Researcher, ISS


Denys Reva, Research Officer, ISS

Dr Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, Lecturer, University of St Andrews

Clare Gomes, President, Women's International Shipping & Trading Association, South Africa

Londy Ngcobo, Ship Navigator & Africa's First Female Dredge Master

Jean Chiazor Anishere, President, Women in Maritime Association, Africa

Development partners
The ISS is grateful for support from the members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the European Union, the Open Society Foundations and the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
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