- Al Mansoori: The UAE has contributed to the drafting of several IMO resolutions for women’s empowerment and gender equality, as well as to increase women’s participation in the maritime sector
- Al Malek: We need qualified professionals, men and women, in the maritime sector. Our primary objective must be to employ qualified talent to ensure the growth of the sector
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: As part of efforts to empower women under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategic plan and to mark International Women in Maritime Day, the Ministry of UAE Energy and Infrastructure has launched the ‘She of Caliber’, which aims to empower women in all fields, especially in the maritime sector. The initiative also aims to prepare and qualify expert and capable women to make a difference in the industry.This will help promote the growth of the maritime sector in the UAE, building on its position as a global leader.
The initiative came in recognition of the vital role women play in the maritime industry. The UAE places a high priority on empowering women in the maritime workforce by nurturing young female talent and providing them with the tools to excel. This helps to strengthen the sector by equipping it with future female leaders.
HE Eng. Hassan Mohamed Juma Al-Mansoori, Undersecretary for Infrastructure and Transport Sector at the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “The need to advance the role of women in the maritime sector has become a topic of unprecedented importance and receiving great attention at all levels.The UAE is among the founders of IMOGender, a network of IMO delegates seeking to achieve gender equality. Arab States have also contributed to the drafting of several IMO resolutions aimed at strengthening women’s empowerment and gender equality, as well as promoting the participation of women in the maritime sector.This supports development objectives United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 5, which emphasizes gender equality.In addition, the United Arab Emirates currently holds the presidency of the Arab Women’s Association. bes in the Sea (AWIMA), in cooperation with the IMO Technical Cooperation Programme.
Key pillars to empower “Elle de calibre”
The main pillars of the initiative include access to maritime education for girls and women, training to build professional capacity, and the identification and removal of physical and social barriers through effective cooperation between government and the private sectors. The main objective is to reinforce the idea of “leading by example”, aiming to maximize the impact of qualified “women of caliber” in the industry, while inspiring the younger generation.
HE Eng. Hessa Al Malek, Advisor to the Minister of Maritime Transport, Business, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, said: “As in any other industry, we need qualified professionals, men and women, in the maritime sector. Our primary objective must be to employ qualified talent to ensure the growth of the sector. Therefore, we need to change all preconceptions about the sector and discover diverse and capable young people who can keep pace with the developments taking place. Today, maritime academies and institutions are focused on providing the workforce with skilled professional women by providing support and guidance and providing the right tools and resources. This, in turn, injects new blood into the maritime industry through distinguished women leaders.