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Liberia Celebrates International Day for Women In Maritime … Gender Minister Makes Rallying Call to End Existing Disparities

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MONROVIA: The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection joined other ministries and agencies to celebrate International Day for Women in Maritime.

Speaking at the celebration of the International Day for Women in Maritime on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Monrovia, the Minister of Gender said in previous times, maritime works would have been uncharted territory for women, but now women have made tremendous endeavors in the male dominant career.

“While records show that women currently make up only small percentage of Liberia’s maritime workforce, a trend we see mirrored globally, their contributions are undeniable,” she said

Minister Kollie indicated that the striking imbalance underscores the limited involvement of women in the maritime sector, highlighting the urgent need for greater empowerment of women in the profession.

“Allow me to seize this moment to issue a call to action, urging us all to collectively champion the empowerment of women in the sector. This involves prioritizing technical training opportunities, ensuring the inclusion of more competent women in decision-making processes, and implementing gender and social inclusion policies,” she emphasized.

She continued: “It is incumbent upon all of us, as government and stakeholders in the maritime community, to lead a non- stop advocacy campaign in addressing these disparities and create a more inclusive environment where every individual regardless of gender can thrive.

According to her, this year International Day of Women in Maritime celebration is a springboard for action.

“Together, let us work towards a future where Liberian women are not only active participants but also leaders in shaping the safe horizons of our maritime industry. Let us navigate towards a brighter horizon, where women are not only passengers, but also captains of their own destiny in the Liberian Maritime sector”.

“To the women in Maritime, I urge you to ignore people who try to limit you. If it feels right and is for the right reasons, persevere, strive, study and go for it,” she said

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