China Has More than 40,000 Women Registered Seafarers: MOT

ByXinhua April 22, 2019

BEIJING — China had a total of 41,115 women registered seafarers as of the end of March, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) has said.

The number of women captains and officers with valid licenses had amounted to 423, according to the MOT.

Cao Desheng, Director of the Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Transport, said China stresses the education and training for women seafarers and is dedicated to improving gender equality in employment.

The development of modern marine technology and automation systems have effectively reduced seafarers’workload, providing more opportunities for women, Cao said.

The Day of the Seafarer, established by the International Maritime Organization and celebrated on June 25, will be themed“I am on board with gender equality" this year.

China has unveiled various measures to ensure vocational equality for women seafarers, including treating women equally in enrollment in maritime academies or in maritime training, Cao added.


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