The Gender Empowerment & Multicultural Crews Conference (GEM) hosted by the ITF Seafarers’ Trust took place on Thursday 16th June 2016 at the ITF Headquarters in London.
The primary aims of the conference were be to disseminate the research findings, allowing the key issues raised to be discussed and developed via audience based panel discussions.
The main topics of discussion were:
1.-Recruitment and Shipping Awareness
2.- Multicultural Crew Environment
3.-Potential Gender Issues
4.-Training and Mentoring
5.-Recommendations and Solutions
The Gender, Empowerment and Multicultural Crews (GEM) project, aims to examine seafarers’ welfare, concentrating on gender issues emerging from multicultural crews and isolation. The exploration and information discoveries will encourage the improvement of suitable tools to support women within the maritime sector.
“There are a plethora of factors that influence the well being of seafarers. With only a tiny percentage of the seagoing workforce made up of women, identifying and properly exploring these factors is urgently needed – both so that women are encouraged to become seafarers, and so that female seafarers feel safe, valued and respected while at sea. The Seafarers’ Trust is therefore delighted to sponsor this timely research.”
Kimberly Karlshoej, ITF Seafarers’ Trust.
For more information on the conference and project, please visit http://www.solent.ac.uk/gem