Navigating Gender Bias: Challenges for Women in SMEs within the Maritime Sector
The Glass Ceiling Persists: Lack of Diversity Policies in SMEs
While large corporates in the maritime sector have made strides in fostering diversity and inclusion, the same cannot be said for many Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). A significant hurdle women face in SMEs within the maritime industry is the absence of robust diversity and inclusion policies. Unlike their larger counterparts, many SMEs seem to lack the necessary frameworks to address gender bias and create a welcoming environment for female professionals.
Uncharted Waters: The Maritime Industry’s Gender Disparities
The maritime sector has traditionally been male-dominated, and SMEs, often operating within tight-knit communities, may struggle to break free from deep-rooted gender biases. This lack of proactive measures to promote diversity leaves women in the maritime workforce facing numerous challenges, hindering their progress and limiting their opportunities for career advancement.
Casting Off Stereotypes: SMEs’ Struggle to Challenge Preconceptions
SMEs may inadvertently perpetuate stereotypes about gender roles within the maritime industry, further alienating women who aspire to be part of this sector. The absence of structured diversity and inclusion policies allows unconscious biases to persist, creating an environment that may not be conducive to attracting, retaining, and promoting women in various roles within SMEs.