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When the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) came up with the statistics that only 2 per cent of the total seafarers across the globe are women, it came as a surprise to most people especially those that are not really participants in the maritime sector. Some even come with the questions that a large percentage of crew members on aircraft across the world are females and that is an industry perceived to be more dangerous than maritime in fact some airlines are celebrating all female crew from one destination to the other.
What then is the issue? Why do we have this meagre number of female participants in the seafaring profession? The question raises a lot of dust but from experience if one looks at maritime from the Nigerian context, the first question to be asked is that how have women faired in the maritime sector.
Interestingly because of the nature of women of being dedicated to every cause they pursue you find out that the women that have taken advantage of opportunities inherent in the sector have been very successful. For instance the Secretary General of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port state and Flagstate control Barr. Mfon Usoro is someone you cannot do but talk about her strides and footprint in the african maritime sector. Everyone one that comes in contact with her knows that she is an encyclopaedia of maritime. There is also Vicky Hastruup and not to forget the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman all carving a niche for themselves in the industry.
So do we then say it is the remuneration package that has deterred more women for taking a career in seafaring, this is obviously not so because seafaring is an international career which is … Read More...