Equality and diversity

25 June 2021 13:00 - 15:00

Equality and Diversity Forum

Venue: Online. Register now for both the EDF and the Pride in Nautilus network events

Equality and Diversity Forum
Friday 25 June 2021
Time: 14:00
Online meeting: Register to attend

The next meeting of the Nautilus Equality and Diversity Forum will be held on International Day of the Seafarer.

It had been hoped that this would be an in-person meeting to coincide with the Pride in London march. However, Pride has been postponed to September. Therefore, the June meeting will be virtual, with the following meeting planned in-person for September, potentially during London International Shipping Week (LISW).

The Pride in Nautilus network will now be meeting ahead of the union's Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) online at 13:00 on Friday 25 June. The Forum meeting then takes place at 14:00, celebrating Pride Month and International Day of the Seafarer.

The Nautilus EDF will hear from guest speaker Captain Thomas Lindegaard Madsen, who is a maritime LGBT+ champion and employee-elected member of the board of directors at A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.

At the EDF forum we hold network meetings for young members, female members, LGBT+ members and members from BAME backgrounds where there is the opportunity to discuss issues relating to specific areas of diversity in a confidential and secure environment. Please encourage any interested colleagues to come along.

The EDF forum was launched at the Union's General Meeting in Rotterdam in October 2019, and acts as the overarching umbrella group for the original Women's Forum and Young Maritime Professionals Forum. It meets twice a year.

Members who have Facebook accounts can however keep in touch online via our social media accounts on Facebook, and LinkedIn. Female members can also join the new Nautilus Women's Group. This Facebook group is for female members of the Union only.  Members of the group will be invited to share stories on relevant issues, discuss the growing impetus to encourage more women into maritime industry, network and support each other. The new group is in addition to the Young Maritime Professionals Facebook group which is also for members only.

The Union may also set up women members' and young maritime professionals' WhatsApp groups. Members can express their interest in joining these chat groups by emailing Debbie Cavaldoro at

Nautilus remains committed to having a dedicated female organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a female representative.  Please contact Rachel Lynch by emailing

There is also a dedicated young members' organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a younger union representative. Please contact Martyn Gray on or you can still use the email address

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