Who run the world? Girls.

Who run the world? Girls.

 27 Jun 2019

This week has been a significant week for the month of June, as we’ve seen 2 important dates in our calendars – International Women in Engineering Day (23rd June) & International Day of the Seafarer (25th June).
 
Both dates are inspiring to a lot of people out there, as we are 1 step closer towards a world where it won’t be a rarity for women to be Qualified Engineers and more and more women are now choosing a life at sea, which at one point was unheard of. We’re breaking the boundaries of the modern world and we’re finally accepting change. It’s an exciting time!!
 
International Women in Engineering Day was launched for the first time in June 2014 by the Women’s Engineering Society, who are now in order to celebrate their 95th anniversary of the organisation. They raised awareness for this campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and to focus the attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this industry. Since this launch, according to Engineering UK 2018, 42% of girls ages 14 - 16 would consider a career in engineering compared to 66% of boys. There is still an obvious gap and only 12.37% of Engineers in the UK are women, but it’s a step in the right direction. If we keep up this positive momentum, I’m sure in years to come that percentage will continue to increase.
 
In 2010, the International Day of the Seafarer was introduced by the International Maritime Organisation, to recognise that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport. The purpose of this day is to give thanks to the Seafarers for their continuous contributions to the world’s economy, civil society and for the risks and personal costs they face whilst carrying out their jobs. Did you know that it is estimated that, ships transport almost 90% of the world’s good trade? So, Seafarers are not only responsible for the successful operations of said ships, but also for the safe and effective delivery of the designated cargo.
 
IMO’s 2019 campaign theme is “I am on board with gender equality”, and this will have strong emphasis throughout the year on the importance and value of women within the professional Maritime ranks. The Day of the Seafarer campaigning is driven this year by the upcoming IMO World Maritime Day (26th September), which theme is “Empowering women in the Maritime community”. These campaigns highlight the opportunities available for female crew from Ship to Shore, across a wide range of Maritime careers and professions.
 
It’s clear that across the sectors, they are actively pushing for change and addressing that the discrimination that was once there towards women, is eventually being flushed out. I think it’s an exciting time for the younger female generation, as there are even more prospects for them to explore than before. If you go back 60+ years’, it wasn’t even common for women to receive higher education, as the costs would mainly be spent on the males of the family, or just purely because there wasn’t a reason for them to go to University / College. They were just sent off straight to work from school, into your stereotypical female roles (mainly office based, working on admin).
 
Nowadays, women are encouraged to go to Uni / College / start an Apprenticeship from school and from that, they are empowered to go on further and create a successful career for themselves. So basically, what I’m trying to say ladies is – the world’s your oyster. So, go out there and grab it!
 
 

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