Percentage of female seafarers remains unchanged in 40 years

2022-07-13 17:14:08 Sea Farers News

Outgoing Nautical Institute President Jillian Carson-Jackson highlighted the lack of progress on diversity in the seafaring profession at the institute’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

“When I started in maritime in 1983 about 2% of seafarers were female. Here we are nearly forty years later in 2022 and still we are at 2%,” Carson-Jackson said.

Crewing of vessels remains a very much male vocation.

Despite a push by many organisations and companies to improve diversity in the shipping industry’s workforce the crewing of vessels remains a very much male vocation.

“Here we are nearly forty years later in 2022 and still we are at 2%. The maritime industry is very good at putting in place KPIs to drive change for operational and safety matters, but we don’t have measures of success for diversity and inclusion,” she said.

 I would like to continue to work to move from 2% to 20%, and beyond

 “As I take on the role of immediate past-President I would like to continue to work to move from 2% to 20%, and beyond.”

Carson-Jackson was speaking at two-day conference themed ‘Maritime Leadership in a Changing World’, part of the NI’s annual general meeting, which celebrated its golden anniversary.

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