MLA College Celebrates International Day for Women in Maritime: Supporting Gender Equality in the Industry
The maritime industry is one that has historically been male-dominated. However, as a society, we recognise the need for gender equality across all sectors. The International Day for Women in Maritime, celebrated on 18th May, aims to highlight and create awareness of the importance of women’s roles in the maritime sector.
MLA College remains committed to tackling gender equality by offering specialised bursary schemes so more women have the opportunity to gain relevant skills and qualifications needed to succeed in the maritime industry.
With women underrepresented in the maritime industry, particularly in technical and managerial positions, MLA College helps to close the gap with these bursary schemes. The Women in Maritime and Women in STEM schemes provide a monetary reduction in the tuition fees of their degree programmes.
Basak Akdemir, CEO of MLA College, is a woman with a strong shipping background, she said: “International Day of Women in Maritime provides an opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contribution women make in the maritime industry. MLA College supports this cause by actively promoting gender equality through bursary schemes targeted towards women in STEM and women in maritime. Such efforts are necessary to achieve a gender-balanced workforce in the industry, and MLA College is proud to play its role in enabling this reality.”
MLA College’s support for women in maritime is not just limited to financial assistance. The institution also works towards fostering a supportive and inclusive environment, promoting diversity and gender equality at every level of the organisation. MLA College’s commitment to these values is further demonstrated through their support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where tackling gender equality is a key objective (SDG5).
For more information about the bursary schemes visit the finances pages.