Against The Tide

Ruxandra Stefanita, Romania.

May 18, 2020

I love the fact that I’m not stuck in an office and the days are different. On my last 2 contracts, I’ve been an Environmental Officer taking care of the RWF, garbage, water and protecting the environment.

One of the most challenging experiences I have had to date has to be the current COVID-19 Pandemic. My gender has also caused challenges in my career but I overcame the challenges by working more than the men and proving that I’m not just a pretty face.

I would like to challenge IMO to advocate for better maternity policies to make sure that the female seafarers can still secure their jobs after maternity leave.

For any female seafarer starting remember to be professional, work hard and never be afraid to speak up their minds.

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