Transport Ministry urges the appreciation of women’s role in maritime sector

Transport Minister Aishath Nahula. (File Photo/Sun/Ahmed Awshan Ilyas)

Transport Ministry has urged the public to appreciate women’s role in the maritime sector.

In a statement released in conjunction with ‘International Day for Women in Maritime’ – the Ministry assured that efforts were underway by the government to prioritize women in connection to matters related to the maritime sector.  

“This Ministry’s aim is to rid of the gender imbalance in maritime sector – and ensure that the sector offers equal opportunities for everyone,” the statement read.

The Ministry also urged industry partners to overcome the obstructions posed to women in entering the sector by providing them with opportunities.

International Maritime Organization (IMO) designated May 18 of each year as ‘International Day for Women in Maritime’ at their 32nd assembly meeting held in December 2021.

Therewith, the day was celebrated across the world for the first time today.

The day, IMO said, was "to provide an opportunity to highlight and celebrate women in maritime" and to "promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime".