International Day for Women in Maritime 2022


An international symposium with the theme: Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment, will be held virtually on 18 May 2022.

The symposium will highlight the need for women to be more visible and mainstreamed in the maritime community, on board ships and throughout the sector as a whole, and more widely in representation at decision-making levels. The symposium will also address skills development for women in the maritime sector.

Programme and registration details to follow.


A logo for the International Day for Women in Maritime is being developed and will be available shortly.

The many faces of women in maritime

Women are an integral part of the maritime workforce, contributing to the success of shipping lines, ports, onshore services and more.

For the inaugural International Women In Maritime day, IMO would like to see the many faces of women in maritime.

Share on social media

On social media, IMO is inviting women in maritime to share images of themselves in their working environments.

IMO will also be inviting allies to share images of themselves with the woman/women in maritime that make their working lives better.

The hashtag for the day is: #WomenInMaritimeDay. The platforms used will be Twitter (@IMOHQ); LinkedInInstagram; and Facebook.


The IMO International Day for Women in Maritime is observed on 18 May every year. The first day is being held in 2022.

The day celebrates women in the industry and is intended to promote the recruitment, retention and sustained employment of women in the maritime sector, raise the profile of women in maritime, strengthen IMO’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5 (gender equality) and support work to address the current gender imbalance in maritime.

IMO Member States, the maritime industry, and all others in the maritime endeavour are invited to promote and celebrate the International Day for Women in Maritime in an appropriate and meaningful manner.

The IMO Assembly in 2021 adopted a resolution proclaiming the day.

Learn more about the IMO’s Women in Maritime Programme here.