India: Shipping industry continues to lack women, says journalist

Author: P.R. Sanjai, Live Mint (India), Published on: 19 November 2014

"Women still face choppy waters in shipping and logistics", 17 Nov 2014

…[W]omen continue to be largely missing from shipping and the related sectors of ports and logistics…There is no reliable data available on the number of women employed in Indian shipping, ports and logistics, says Sanjam Sahi Gupta, president of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association in India (WISTA)…The perception of operational hard labour and male domination at the workplace hinder many women from joining the logistics sector, including ports and shipping. There are other roadblocks as well…[W]hile women employees are visible in customer-handling and back-office functions, they are discouraged from being at the forefront due to the nature of operations. Women simply cannot cope with the lack of sanitation and basic hygiene at many warehouses and ports…Sexual harassment is a reality for many women at sea…[C]ruise sector firms, which have well-established sexual harassment policies, encourage women to seek company support in such situations…[Also refers to DP World, Great Eastern Shipping]

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Related companies: DP World