It’s the goal of a new cooperative project in the Mediterranean region which focus on improving the employability of younger generations in the port-logistics sector. The YEP-MED Project will have a budget of €3 million for port training centers, educational resources and cooperation between actors. The project is led by Escola Europea, and includes several AIVP members such as the ports of Marseille, Barcelona and Livorno, and the Office de la Marine Marchande et des Ports, from Tunisia.
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.
Google set up shop in the district in 2003, and was soon joined by other global giants including Facebook, Amazon, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Irish government will contribute funding to the Technology Campus of Trinity College Dublin. The project represents a new piece of the innovation district developing in the Grand Canal Quay area. The campus will play a unifying role for the local innovation ecosystem, bringing together the major groups already present, along with start-ups, educational and research institutions, etc.