I am from Mumbai, India & I have completed 1 sail of 6 months and getting ready for the next. Currently, I am an engine cadet. I have been treated with nothing but equality and respect onboard. I was encouraged to do jobs which even I thought I could not do. But before getting this job, there were several companies who denied a job opportunity to me considering I am a female seafarer. If I was an advocate for the IMO, I would ensure equal job opportunity for all seafarers on the basis of their skills and not gender.
We might not be as strong as our male counterparts but if given a chance we can prove that we are definitely not weak as they think we are.
My name is Riya Kamble,