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