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Enhanced participation of women in European shipping industry

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Gender diversity: Better for People, Better for Profession, Better for the Industry


Gender equality is at the heart of the EU’s fundamental values for sustainable and inclusive growth. The European social partners for maritime transport, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) and the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA), are active in promoting gender diversity and equality of opportunity to attract and retain new talent in the shipping industry for strong, prosperous and socially sustainable maritime clusters in Europe.

Shipping has traditionally been a male dominated sector and ETF and ECSA share the view that a more gender-balanced industry would improve workplace culture, sustainability and productivity.

With the help of EU funding, ETF and ECSA will be working to implement their declaration of intention on enhanced participation of women in the European shipping industry which focusses on the following priority topics:

  • An Awareness-raising campaign: to increase the awareness of the attractive career opportunities in shipping both at sea and ashore
  • Measures to recruit and retain women in the industry
  • Gender policies in the workplace

Join us in this event which will feature a line-up of persons from the academic world, EU and international organisations, employees and employers, influencers, who will tell their story, the challenges and opportunities arising and practical suggestions on what can be done or done better to help shape the way forward.




14.00 – 14.05 INTRODUCTORY WORDS by moderator Kathryn Neilson, UK Merchant Navy Training Board
14.05 – 14.35 KEY NOTE SPEECHES

Setting the scene and context

·         Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of WMU

14.35 – 15.05 PANEL DISCUSSION

What is needed? Testimonials of Actions required

·         Kim Ossieur, female maritime pilot

·        Aike Cattie, QESH Manager Koopman

·         Fran Collins, CEO of Red Funnel Ferries

·         Emmanuelle Bost, medical doctor approved by the French state for issuing medical fitness certificates to seafarers

·        Asha Michaux, LNG Operations & Project Manager, Exmar Shipmanagement

Q&A with the audience

15.05 – 15.30 COFFEE BREAK
15.30 – 16.15 Enhancing participation of women in European Shipping: How do we see results?

Presentation of good practices followed by panel discussion:

·         Anne Windfeldt Trolle, DK Shipping (GirlPower Campaign and recommendations)

·         Cajsa Jersler Fransson, Innovation and diversity coordinator Swedish maritime administration Fair Winds Project  and REDO project (Recruitment Equality and Diversity Opportunities)

·         Lena Gothberg, Shipping Podcast

·       Ally Cedeno – Mentoring programmes (video message)

·        Patrik Dahlgren,  Senior Vice President of Global Marine Operations, Caribbean Cruises (video message)

16.15– 16.45 PANEL DISCUSSION including also:
·         Lena Dyring, Director, Cruise Operations at Norwegian Seafarers’ Union·         Karin Orsel, CEO, MF Shipping Group and Co-Chairman, Royal Association of Netherlands Shipowners
16.45 – 17.30 CLOSING REMARKS

·         Magda Kopczynska, Director for Waterborne Transport.

·         Member of the European Parliament (tbc)

The coffee break will be sponsored by Danish Shipping.



February 18
2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Number of attendees
Target audience
EU regulators, NGOs, maritime branche organisations, Press


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