JIF 2022: IMO sponsors 30 women for leadership training

IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim, PHOTO: IMO

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sponsored 30 women to participate in the Maritime SheEO Leadership Acceleration Program as part of its celebration of International Women’s Day 2022.

IMO sponsored 30 women from developing countries to participate in the programme, chosen from IMO’s eight women in maritime associations and the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) International.

The eight-week program will require 3-4 hours of weekly learning.

“Women graduating from this program will gain insight and understanding, they will have additional tools to approach their career and business challenges. They will hopefully have more drive and opportunities. They will have more confidence in their abilities and in the future of our industry. They will be able to demonstrate leadership and be role models and mentors in their own right,” WISTA International President Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou said during a program launch webinar on March 8.

“Shipping requires new thinking and new ways to meet future and existing challenges. It also requires leadership fit for purpose and willing to do things differently and take calculated risks. It needs people with the confidence to take those steps. Women who have applied and will take and complete this course will showcase this change,” Theodosiou said.

IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim said: “Women leaders are vital to the future of the maritime industry. We need to take action to make the industry more welcoming and to support women on their career path. I am still committed to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; this includes call five which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

“These days, we need to provide valuable networking and mentorship opportunities that can enhance the careers of women around the world. IMO benefits from the work of these capable and qualified women who guide the complex discussions and do excellent work in their national and regional bodies, as well as in some of our committees and sub-committees. The IMO assembly passed a resolution urging continued action in the coming years to advance gender equality across the maritime sector to achieve a barrier-free environment.

Program participants joined the webinar and shared their current career progress, aspirations and expectations for the course.

Marine engineer Nadine Said from Egypt said she hopes to learn the skills needed to overcome difficult situations, improve the productivity of female sailors, and improve the emotional intelligence of crews and their engagement.

Others in positions ranging from law to quality management, engineering to regulation said they hoped to share their experiences of the program to empower other women in the industry.

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