WOMEN POWER FLOATS AT AMOSUP
Aligning with the World Maritime Day theme of empowering women, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Phils (AMOSUP) held a Women’s Day forum in celebrations of the International Women’s Day.
On the theme “Port Call@ AMOSUP: Touching base with maritime workers, leading experts spoke at the forum:
- Capt. Jasmin Labarda, Chairperson-AMOSUP Women Committee
- Dr. Angelina Baylon, Director-External Relations, MAAP
- Prof. Lucia Palpal-Latoc Tangi, UP College of Mass Communications
Labarda shared challenges on sexual harassments onboard as part of the profession.
Baylon discussed her research on the roles and impact of Gender Equality and Cultural Awareness in Maritime Education and Training (GECAMET).
Tangi explained her studies on Gender Gap in Maritime Sector peppered with statistics and recommendations.
Participants engaged in group discussions on focused issues, later bonded with mass singings and casual dancing.
Five women seafarers engaged media face-to-face:
- Daryl Sevilleno Enriquez, Solstad Offshore
- Janice Sarabia, Shamrock Ship Management
- Liane Lyle Arce, MOT Barko
- Christdel Paga, CMA CGM
- Mara Ellaine Apostol, TSM Offshore
Intl Maritime Organization Sec-Gen Kitack Lim took a “millennial” tact in his youTube message: “Empowering women isn’t just an idea or concept. It is a necessity that requires strong, positive actions to address deep seated structural, institutional and the culture that is.”
He adds, shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and the same applies to many of the associated jobs and professions. But he notes “this is changing; and there are many reasons why.”
Sec-Gen observes, “Research has shown that companies with a higher percentage of women in senior management positions significantly outperform those that do not”.
He exhorts to make 2019 a year of action; a year to break down all barriers.