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Day of the Seafarer highlights gender equality in #IAmOnBoard campaign

Today, June 25, is the International Maritime Organization's Day of the Seafarer, which is amplifying 2019's campaign theme, 'I am on board with gender equality.'

This provides an opportunity to highlight opportunities for women, as well as the contributions they are already making, in a wide range of maritime careers and professions. But the focus is on seafarers.

Hashtag #IAmOnBoard

IMO is inviting anyone, male or female, engaging in the campaign to use hashtag #IAmOnBoard in their social media posts to show their solidarity for gender equality in seafaring.

'Women wear the stripes'

Seatrade Cruise Review's recent cover story, 'Women wear the stripes,' highlighted the increasing (but still small) number of women in deck and technical roles within the cruise industry. As a companion piece to the magazine feature, snapshots of women seafarers in varied jobs and ranks across a range of lines, big and small, can be downloaded here.

Throughout 2019, there is a strong emphasis in the maritime world on the importance and value of women within the professional ranks. Much of this is being driven by the World Maritime Day theme, 'Empowering Women in the Maritime Community,' which IMO said has had a strong and far-reaching resonance.

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