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Women seafarers

Global employment pollicies and practices

P. Belcher, H. Sampson, M. Thomas, J. Veiga og M. Zhao

ILO 2003 128 s. ISBN 922113491

This landmark book is the first to focus on contemporary women seafarers at a global level. It addresses a host of issues surrounding the working conditions and welfare of women, from both developed and developing countries, employed aboard the world’s merchant and passenger ships. Drawing on extensive research commissioned by the ILO, the book considers women’s participation levels in the industry, and examines policies concerning their recruitment, training, maternity and employment rights, and and other aspects of work and life at sea. It also offers first-hand accounts from women seafarers describing how they have dealt with discrimination, sexual harassment, parental disapproval and an array of other difficulties.
Women’s employment in the industry has multiple dimensions, and this book provides the historical background and presents recent findings on female participation rates. The study examines the practices and policies of national and international regulatory agencies, employers, trade unions, and maritime education institutions. A series of recommendations that may further help the integration of women into shipboard communities is included.

First book of its kind to focus on women seafarers at a global level
Contains useful appendices for cross-referencing with the text
Covers women’s employment in both developing and developed countries
Offers details of actual experiences of women seafarers
Focuses on policies regarding recruitment, training, maternity leave