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Women in transport: challenges and changes

The shipping industry is still considered too male-dominated. According to data by BIMCO and the International Chamber of Shipping in their latest Seafarer Workforce Report, 24,000 women currently work in the maritime sector, which represents around 1.28% of the total workforce on ships.Too few for a world that is changing rapidly and that considers the fight against gender inequality a priority, in line with the objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and set down in black and white in the Gender Equality Pact devised by Assoporti (the Italian port association- Translator’s note) and signed by all the Port Network Authorities last August.

This is the starting point for the national event organized for next Monday (kick off at 10 am) by Assoporti and all the Port Network Authorities. A day dedicated to the fight against inequality and which, thanks to the participation of prominent female figures in the sector, will examine the barriers that still separate women from working in shipping.

The event, (visible in streaming here:, which has been launched as part of the Italian Port Days initiative, will also involve the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority. At the end of the national focus day coordinated by Assoporti, a regional round-table on the issue will follow.

Organized in streaming as part of Porto Aperto, a project designed to open up the port to local citizens, the session will start at 11.30 am. Opening speeches will be given by the Port Network Authority’s president Luciano Guerrieri and managing director Matteo Paroli. Speakers will include the city councillor for port issues, Barbara Bonciani, and female representatives from the local institutional and economic world.

To take part in the regional panel discussion in streaming:

Download the event program