Transport tackles Gender-Based Violence in the maritime sector
Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a scourge that is also experienced by seafarers in the maritime sector. The national Department of Transport and the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) are hard at work to fight against GBV in the marine industry.
Transport Department and SAMSA are hosting a seminar on Gender-Based Violence titled, “Gender-Based Violence at Seas Seminar” ahead of the International Day of No Violence against Women which will be commemorated on 25 November 2022. The aim of the conference is to create awareness about the GBV faced by female seafarers while at sea and in the maritime industry. The gathering will also seek to stimulate a discourse amongst the industry stakeholders around this form of violence perpetuated mainly against females.
The gathering will also see experts coming together to impart knowledge on various topics such as; Seafarers’ experiences – challenges faced by women at seas, Shipowners’ and manning organisations’ perspective, and the Welfare community’s role and the South African government programme on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) amongst others.
The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga will participate in the seminar.
The seminar will be followed by a GBV awareness activation on Friday, 25 November 2022 at the Port of Cape Town.
Below are the details of the event:
Day 1: Gender-Based Violence at Seas Seminar
Date: Thursday, 24 November 2022
Time: 8h30 for 9h00
Venue: AC Hotel Waterfront Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
Day 2: GBV Awareness Activation:
Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Venue: Port of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
Members of the media attending the event are requested to confirm their attendance with Ms Ivy Masale on 076 789 5538/MasaleI@dot.gov.za
Head of Communication
Cell: 082 414 5279