International Women’s Day 2024

March 8 is annually recognized as International Women's Day (IWD). The 2024 theme is Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress. According to UN Women, gender equality remains the greatest human rights challenge. Investing in women is a human rights imperative and cornerstone for building inclusive societies. Progress for women benefits us all. 

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Professor Max Mejia, Jr., WMU President, reflected on his own graduation from the World Maritime University (WMU) in the mid-90s, when only 6 percent of his class were women. He expressed immense pride in the Malmö Class of 2024 record enrollment of 40 percent women. Additionally, he noted the achievement of gender parity in WMU's MSc specializations in China in recent years and expressed determination to achieve gender parity in all WMU programmes. “On this International Women’s Day, I reiterate WMU’s commitment to gender equality, and urge the maritime and oceans community to support WMU's efforts through investing in the education of maritime and ocean leaders. Ensuring inclusive societies is crucial for accessing the full spectrum of talent, expertise, and ideas needed to address the formidable challenges of today's world. Investing in women, is investing in our collective future,” said President Mejia.

WMU is contributing to the International Maritime Organization’s IWD event, providing a video featuring Malmö MSc student, Ms Faith Maraga from Kenya, speaking about her views on the 2024 theme. As part of her remarks, she said, “Let us commit to investing in women, creating a world where every woman and girl can thrive and fulfill her aspirations. Together, we can accelerate progress towards a more just, equitable, and inclusive future.” To view the full video, click here. 

Through its well established education, capacity building and research agenda, and recognizing that all the goals are interrelated and indivisible, the World Maritime University (WMU) is committed to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, particularly Goal 5 focused on Gender Equality. The University continually pursues efforts to increase the number of women enrolled across all programmes offered. In addition, WMU conducts research on gender-related issues in the maritime and oceans realm, including through programmes dedicated to empowering women such as the Empowering Women for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development Programme that is endorsed as an Ocean Decade Action by IOC-UNESCO.

WMUWA Seminar 

In honour of IWD, the WMU Women’s Association (WMUWA) will host their annual IWD student seminar on 7 March, featuring Dr Olivia Swift, Senior Programme Manager at Lloyd's Register Foundation. The objectives of the WMUWA are to connect, educate and inspire women in the maritime industry and to promote the interests of female maritime professionals through the creation of an international network for women from the WMU and women involved in other internationally recognized female associations in the maritime sector.

‍IWD Webinar 

The WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute will host an International Women's Day Seminar on 8 March featuring research conducted under the World Maritime University's Empowering Women Programme and the International Hydrographic Organization’s Empowering Women in Hydrography project. The webinar, entitled, Delivering Transformative Changes to Achieve Gender Equality, will take place on 8 March from 14.00-15.30 CET. The project teams will share their research findings and practical recommendations to enhance women’s participation and representation in their respective fields. Participants can join breakout sessions to share their experiences and good practices to generate concrete transformative actions to promote women’s empowerment. Registration is free and open to the public: https://bit.ly/3STMzSA

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