Social Sustainability at Sea - The gap between policies and reality from a gender perspective

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2022
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Andersson, Alexandra
Lundberg, Maja
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This study examines the gender policies of some maritime academies in Australia, Asia and Europe. The aim of the study is to look at gender inequality at sea from a risk analysis perspective and try to shed light on the benefits of equal treatment at sea. Policies of shipping companies are not subjects for this research. This study is an explorative, qualitative research and analyzes the collected data from the principal that women in the work life generally are subordinate to men. Interviews with representatives from a selection of maritime academies have been conducted. The shipping industry has a gender imbalance, there exist international rules and regulations to counteract this, along with policies regarding equality at the scholar institutions. The policies do not seem to be enough to contribute to a fully gender balanced shipping industry. Looking at social issues at the work place the same way as other safety issues, and prioritize it equally, could be one way to come closer to equality at sea. Risk assessment could be a powerful tool to do so. A heterogenous workplace have plenty of benefits, both for the individual and the organization. This study reveals that the responsibility often falls on the minorities instead of the people in charge. This might be because the industry is short-term oriented, causing issues involving people to not be prioritized since human relations are a long-term project. The responsibility should be shared between all parts of the industry.
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Gender, equality, shipping, education, policy, risk assessment
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