How Africa can draw women into the maritime industry


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

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