Against The Tide

Thais Rodriguez, Panama

June 30, 2020

I love the breeze of the sea and I enjoy the sunsets, but life at sea comes with its own challenges like been away from your family with minimal communication.

One of the first challenges i faced was searching for work, some companies said no to me because they were not interested in hiring women .This made me feel afraid because I thought we were in a different century and this discrimination had dissapered.Once on board I faced further discrimination from my male colleagues who tried to make me look like a fool. I overcame these challenges by not listening to all the bad things said to me and focusing on my work and learning all I could about my work.

I would like to challenge IMO to continue to advocate for more companies to hire women, create and support associations in the different countries that promote women’s contracts on board.

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