Women leading ports

 Human capital 

Fighting the general idea that ports and the maritime sectors are male-dominated worlds, more and more women are stepping up in positions of power. Several important ports such as Barcelona in Spain, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Montreal in Canada, San Diego in USA or Transnet ports in South Africa have female presidents. Recently, the port of San Antonio (Chile) welcomed its new vice president Ms. Joanna Davidovich. At the same time, Ms. María de la Rosa Hermoso became the new director of the port of Talcahuano, joining the president Ms. Consuelo Raby in a board with a majority of women. In the same week, the Danish Shipping Association, led by Ms. Anne Steffensen, presented its new initiative to increase the number of women in shipping companies. Other initiatives, such as the IMO’s World Maritime Theme for last year “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, or the purple port in Tenerife are giving more visibility to women in the industry. It is clear that gender equality is not just a “trendy” topic, but a condition for sustainable development as pointed by the UN. These news and initiatives strength this idea and may motivate young women to pursue a maritime career.

IMO, World Maritime News, Portal Portuario, Puerto Talcahuano – Press release (PDF)

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