The ratio between men and women working onboard is a clear indicator that the maritime and seafaring industry is male-dominated. Women tend to divert career paths resulting from fewer of them working on the sea. Here are some factors affecting this trend:
Accessibility to career information
Courses under the maritime industry, as compared to mainstream courses, are not well known to many young women. Only a few ventures into entering this career because they have little knowledge and awareness of the prosperous careers that they can make working offshore. Luckily today, educational institution that offers offshore safety training in the Philippines are enforcing continuous effort to encourage young individuals, men and women alike, to pursue seafaring as a career option.
Gender-based safety concerns
The fear for physical harassments, severe verbal abuse, and violence due to gender-based disrespect is one of the top reasons why many women fear to consider working offshore. This dilemma required that the maritime company to reassess their existing operation guidelines and provide strict policies to protect and safeguard women’s rights and identity.
Job availability and security
Most of the private shipping companies provide contractual employment and do not have remarkable retirement benefits. Majority of the women prefer jobs with a stable source of income and a planned retired life.
The macho-man-on-the-ship tradition rooted in history and hinders aspiring women to pursue their seafaring dreams. Furthermore, career opportunities have been limited to cater male aspirants and these are some problems haunting the industry for quite some time now. As time passes and equality is on continuous progress, we can expect maritime industry as a great employment opportunity provider for men and women alike.