Public Lecture: Empowering Filipino Women Seafarers in the Maritime Sector
The Center would like to invite everyone to the public lecture of Lucia P. Tangi, Professor of the College of Mass Communication, who will deliver a lecture “Empowering Filipino Women Seafarers in the Maritime Sector” on 04 July 2016, 1:00 PM at Bulwagan ng Dangal, Roxas Street, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. Registration starts at 12:30 PM.
About the Lecture
Filipinos account for a quarter of the world’s 1.6 million seafarers. However, Filipino women account for only around two percent of more than 300,000 seafarers deployed annually. Around 90 percent of these women seafarers are in the services and domestic sectors, doing jobs that are related to their reproductive duties. Because of this, Filipino women seafarers are among the lowest paid in the seafaring industry and are also among the most vulnerable to redundancy . Following the enactment in the 1990s of the Women in Development and Nation Building Act, maritime schools started opening up to women who wanted to become sea officers. Although more women have been attracted to seafaring in the past decade, the number of women sea officers has remained small compared to the thousands of male sea officers deployed every year. Based on focus group discussions and key informant interviews with almost a hundred stakeholders, this study finds that women sea officers often face discrimination as soon as they start applying for shipboard internship and employment. They have to battle loneliness, sexual harassment and bullying by their male colleagues on board. This study finds that patriarchal beliefs and control in the seafaring industry have discouraged women sea officers from pursuing their career at sea.This is aggravated by ship owners’ race to reduce cost at the expense of seafarers. Using SaraLongwe’s Empowerment Framework as guide, this policy research proposes some package of measures to empower women by addressing issues on welfare, access, conscientization, mobilization and control.
This public lecture is jointly sponsored by the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) and the UP College of Mass Communication. Also attached here is the abstract of the lecture.
For confirmation and details, please contact Ms. Rose Punay at telephone numbers 981-8500 local 4266, 4267, and 4268 or email [email protected]. You can also pre-register for the event on the Google form below: