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Awarding to Cyprus of the 1st Gender Equality in Shipping Award by IMO

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Απονομor σε Κyπ ρουεοηασνσ η Νυτιααπo IMO

The Cyprus candidate was awarded the on Friday afternoon the 1st Gender Equality Award of the International Maritime Organization (IMO/International Maritime Organization).

As part of the celebration of the annual International Day for Women Women in Shipping IMO organized a conference at its headquarters in London on the theme “Secure Horizons: Women Shaping the Future of Maritime Safety”.

At the end of the conference, the award was presented by IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez to Despina Panagiotou-Theodosiou, managing director of the TOTOTHEO MARITIME Group (which leads the maritime media satellite communications market internationally) and former President of the Women's International Maritime and Trade Association (WISTA) International). The winner was chosen by the IMO Council from among the candidates proposed by various member states.

Mrs. Panagiotou-Theodosiou told KYPE that she considers the award a special honor both for her and for Cyprus: “For more than a decade, together with a very large group of people from over 50 countries, but also in collaboration with organizations like IMO, we tried to amplify the voices of women in shipping, we tried to highlight their work and contribution. My selection for the first prize for Gender Equality given by the International Maritime Organization is a personal recognition, but I think it is also a recognition of the collective effort we have made and a reward for what we have achieved”.

< p data-block-key="c7408">“Happy and moved” declared the Deputy Minister of Shipping Marina Hatzimanoli, who characterized Panagiotou-Theodosiou as “a dynamic presence in the international shipping community with multidimensional participation and contribution” and with “unwavering dedication” to promoting gender equality in the maritime sector.

She noted that gender equality in shipping and the encouragement of women in the sector is one of her and the Government's main goals. “From the first moment I assumed my duties, the promotion of equality and the support of women in shipping have been at the top of the priorities of the government of Nikos Christodoulidis. We strongly believe that women have the talent, skills and dedication needed to contribute to the development and strengthening of the shipping sector,” said Ms Hatzimanoli.

Regarding the day, IMO Secretary General Arsenio Dominguez noted in his introductory speech that the aim is to celebrate but also to strengthen the role of women in international shipping and in particular in maritime safety.

Currently, only 29% of the global shipping workforce and 20% of national shipping authorities are women. Regarding the staffing of seafarers, only 2% are filled by women.

“We must do and we will do more. By investing in the education and professional development of women, we are empowering them, promoting innovation and fostering sustainability within the shipping industry, for the benefit of all,” said the Panamanian IMO Secretary-General.

He pointed out as opportunities for further exploitation of women the increasing digitization, automation and adoption of green technologies in shipping. “Change is both necessary and imminent”, concluded Arsenio Dominguez.

In a statement to the KYPE, he also congratulated the Cypriot winner and the Deputy Minister of Shipping for submitting of the successful candidacy and praised the dedication of Cyprus and the Deputy Ministry to the strengthening of women's presence in the field of shipping, characterizing Ms. Panagiotou-Theodosiou and Hatzimanoli are examples of successful women in the field, to be emulated.

Source: KYPE

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