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The Women’s Panel was launched in January 2020 and it provides a forum for senior leaders to discuss the issues that women face in the maritime industry and identify potential solutions and help create a more inclusive working relationship with the shipping sector. Its primary focus is on safety, security, working conditions, recruitment and retention, and health of women in the maritime industry.

The Women’s Panel is able to:

  • Advise the ICS Labour Affairs Committee with respect to issues women face in the Maritime sector.
  • Undertake discussions on any safety, security, working conditions, recruitment and retention, and health of women in the sector and provide support where needed.
  • Make recommendations for approval by the ICS board or Labour Affairs Committee.
  • Recommend projects to be pursued by the ICS Secretariat on issues women face in the maritime sector with external bodies.
  • Conduct and participate in seminars and workshops to promote and increase the number of women seafarers.

The panel reports to the ICS Board and prepares ICS positions on matters discussed in the following ILO/IMO Committees and Sub-Committees:

 

ILO IMO
Special Tripartite Committee HTW
JWG on the Human Element JWG on the Human Element
Legal Committee

The panel also connects and liaises with other external bodies on a case-by-case basis as deemed appropriate by the Committee. Such other bodies may include Governmental, Inter-governmental (IGO), Non-governmental (NGO), or public, private, or commercial organisations.

For further information contact Ondrilla Fernandes at ondrilla.fernandes@ics-shipping.org