Where have All The Women Gone?
This unique WISTA-UK event took place last week at Reed Smith’s Broadgate Tower in the heart of the Square Mile. Allaboutshipping’s Lilian Evgenides was there reporting that: “the event was focused on the barriers to female recruitment and retention as deck officers in today’s UK merchant navy.” The speaker Tony Browne, Maritime Security and Training Consultant with many years of experience on board ships, after a long and deep research in the topic delivered this interesting slides presentation in front of a WISTA’s members-audience.
Tony Browne looked into various aspects women have to deal with on board and on shore, such as the respect of male colleagues, the behaviour of the company they work for and the attitude of the crew. It was really interesting to see myths like “women give up a sea career for family” and “the sea in a quicker pathway to a good office position” collapsing after the presentation which included not only the results of primary research but also quoted statements of women who participated.
Although the sea is traditionally a man’s world, females have achieved the respect and gain more and more space in it. If the lack of motivation and encouragement was eliminated, it would be much easier for women to deal with the challenges of the profession and the discrimination they face and would allow them to offer the most of their experience, skills and knowledge.