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Tuesday, June 25, 2019 

For the IMO International Day of the Seafarer 2019, celebrated each year on 25 June, the UN organisation is calling on everyone in the maritime world and beyond to get on board with this year's theme of gender equality and declare their support.

"To everyone in shipping – you are missing out on a huge talent pool if you don't recognise and empower women in the workplace. Join our Day of the Seafarer campaign and get on board with gender equality at sea," said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

This year's Day of the Seafarer campaign, with its hashtag  # IAmOnBoard,  links with the IMO World Maritime Day theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. The theme supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development goals.  "Gender equality is vital for sustainable development. Join our Day of the Seafarer campaign to promote seafaring as a career for women," said Lim.

As in previous years, the campaign will be centred on social media. All IMO's social media platforms will feature, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This year, three Day of the Seafarer champions have pledged support and will sharing their photos and stories on social media:

  • Pilot Elizabeth Marami, the first female pilot in Kenya;
  • Captain Kate McCue, the first United States female to captain a cruise ship;
  • Captain Wendy Williams, the first Canadian female captain of a cruise ship.

IMO asks: "What would you do if you were able to make just one change to achieve gender equality in seafaring?" It is urging seafarers, shipping companies and individuals of all genders to share their thoughts on the the IMO virtual wall.

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