International Women’s Day 2016
March 8, 2016 marks International Women’s Day. International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate progress made and highlight areas which continue to fall behind. Above all, International Women’s Day celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. This years theme is all the more relevant considering the findings of a recently published ILO report Women at Work Trends 2016. The report finds that although women have made significant progress in terms of educational achievement and opportunity, this has not translated into a comparable improvement in their position at work. In many regions in the world, women are more likely to become and remain unemployed, have fewer chances to participate in the labour force and – when they do – often have to accept lower quality jobs.
Within the maritime sector, women make up an estimated 1 to 2% of the global population of women seafarers – despite the strategic importance of the shipping sector as whole – which transports 90 per cent of world trade.