Nautilus International supported International Women's Day with a digital lunch connecting staff across all three branches, which focused on the United Nations' 2022 theme of 'gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow'.
Nautilus executive officer Sascha Meijer addressed the theme discussed by various maritime organisations during the day: 'Equality is not a women's issue, it is also essential for economies, communities and businesses to thrive.'
While good progress is being made in the maritime industry, gender equality and inclusive workplaces are not yet mainstream, she acknowledged.
'Many female seafarers have experienced some degree of discrimination, sexism, bullying and harassment at some point in their career.
'Nautilus finds it very important that shipowners and shipmasters also insist on gender equality, inclusion and socially safe workplaces. We will continue to work on that on every level and at every table.'
Ms Meijer added that inclusion is not only about preventing violence and harassment, but also supporting careers.
'Some of our members also point out that the basics are often not yet met in areas such as correctly fitting safety clothing, medical supplies fit for women, and women's sanitary bins and toilets.'
Nautilus as an employer had also paid much attention on raising awareness of unconscious bias through staff training, which supported the IWD sub-theme of 'Break the Bias', added Ms Meijer.
'Our industry needs to attract all talents available so it should not miss out on the talents of women. Mainstreaming of gender equality is very much needed. Diversity works, so we need more female leaders and more mixed boardrooms.'
Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson also pledged support and resources to continue the Union's diversity work and 'take us to the next level', to help change the culture onboard for the better and 'to make the industry more accessible and more welcoming for women in particular, but for all minority groups.'