Today, June 25, is the International Day of the Seafarer. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is calling on everyone in the maritime world and beyond to get on board with this year's theme of gender equality and declare their support.  

"# I Am On Board" can be used by anyone engaging in the campaign, male or female, to show their solidarity for gender equality in seafaring.

"To everyone in shipping – you are missing out on a huge talent pool if you don't recognize and empower women in the workplace. Join our Day of the Seafarer campaign and get on board with gender equality at sea," said IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim.

This year's Day of the Seafarer campaign, with its hashtag  # IAmOnBoard, links with the IMO World Maritime Day theme, Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. The theme supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 5.

"Gender equality is vital for sustainable development. Join our Day of the Seafarer campaign to promote seafaring as a career for women," Secretary-General Lim said. "I'm on board with gender equality at sea. Are you?"

Day of the Seafarer champions

As in previous years, the campaign is centered on social media. All IMO's social media platforms feature, including TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

This year, three Day of the Seafarer champions have pledged their support for the campaign and they will be sharing their photos and stories on social media. They are:


Virtual wall - Make one change

What would you do if you were able to make just one change to achieve gender equality in seafaring?

IMO is urging seafarers, shipping companies and individuals of all genders to share their thoughts on the virtual wall:

Day of the Seafarer 2019

The Day of the Seafarer celebrates and recognizes the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society.

IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.

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