Embracing equity for International Women’s Day

As posted by ISWAN on March 8, 2023

‘Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.’

To mark International Women’s Day 2023, we reached out to women across our network to find out what has changed for women working in the maritime industry and ask what they think the industry can do to embrace gender equality and equity.

Atty. Iris Baguilat – President, Döhle Seafront Crewing (Manila), Inc.:

‘Women and men are not too far apart in senior, professional, and technical roles in the Philippine maritime industry. The gender gap is more imminent when it comes to the sea-going workforce. Reiterating my call in the previous years, it should be a priority for the seafaring sector to create a working environment that extends an equal opportunity to men and women to sail onboard according to the person’s choice or preference. The lack or absence of opportunity for a particular gender should NEVER be the deterrent to gaining onboard employment. I strongly believe that gender should never be the basis of any career or profession, and the choice to work at sea should be purely out of preference.’