A landmark London exhibition is shining a spotlight on women’s contributions to maritime history. The Rewriting Women into Maritime project is set to expand internationally next year.
Rewriting Women into Maritime
SHE_SEES, an exhibition that forms part of London International Shipping Week marks the first year of the thought-provoking ‘Rewriting Women into Maritime’ initiative, spearheaded by UK-based global safety and education charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation in partnership with Lloyd’s Register.
Recent research from the International Maritime Organization, found that women currently only account for just 29% of the overall industry workforce – a figure that drops to 2% when it comes to female seafarers within the crewing workforce.
International Maritime Organization(IMO)
Blending striking visuals, art and storytelling, the SHE_SEES exhibition, hosted at the headquarters of the International Maritime Organization, features portraits of inspiring women working in the maritime industry today from maritime law specialists to ship surveyors.
To impactfully bring their stories to life, Lloyd’s Register has worked with portrait photographer and visual artist Emilie Sandy in collaboration with weaver and artist Erna Janine.
To celebrate the launch, Lloyd’s Register, in association with London International Shipping Week, is also welcoming Kitack Lim, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization for a keynote speech.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation
Louise Sanger, Head of Research, Interpretation & Engagement – Heritage & Education Centre at Lloyd’s Register Foundation:
- We’re thrilled to be bringing our Rewriting Women into Maritime project to life and showcasing our findings with our SHE_SEES exhibition.
- “Representation matters; how can we inspire young women and girls to consider a career in the maritime industry otherwise? With this exhibition, we hope to bring to life the amazing stories of women within the industry and be a catalyst for diversity, which remains a challenge today.”
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