Despite greater awareness of the gender imbalance, advancement of women in shipping, particularly at sea, is slow.
In 1918, Victoria Drummond became an apprentice at the Caledon Shipyard in Dundee, the start of a journey to becoming Britain’s first female marine engineer, earning honours for bravery at sea during the Second World War. A century later and Victoria’s personal battle to conquer the maritime industry has yet to translate into gender equality. While progress has been made, statistics still show a woeful 2 percent of seafarers worldwide are women, while just a third of global shore-based maritime positions are filled by women.
“There is more action today to raise equality than ever before and that has to be recognised,” says Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, president of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) and chief executive of Cyprus-based Tototheo Maritime. “But substantial, effective change needs time, collaboration and patience.”
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