Nusrat Ghani Speech to ABP Launch of Women in Maritime Charter Celebration

Opening Remarks

Good evening

Thank you to ABP for hosting this celebration this evening and for inviting me to speak

It is my absolute pleasure to be here today for this event…

And good to see so many leading women from across the maritime sector here

 

Women in Work

The subject of empowering women…

Ensuring we have equal access to opportunities in all career paths and industries…

Is something that I feel very passionately about.

I have spoken for women’s rights throughout my career so far…

And will continue to do so.

The workforce in the UK should be representative of the country’s population…

And should also reflect the customer base.

Where it is not representative there are often barriers to diversity…

And these barriers endure today….

Even though we know that greater diversity is a business imperative, creating many different benefits for employers.

Whether your organisation is large or small…

When you make gender diversity a priority, you will start to see a positive culture change...

That will help unlock your true business potential.

 

Women in Maritime Charter

It is in this context that I am here today to launch the Women in Maritime Charter…

I want our maritime industry to be even more successful than it is already…

To be the best that it can be…

I have had the privilege of meeting many of the women in our maritime industry…

From female apprentices working for ABP in our ports to women in more senior roles throughout the industry.

However, the vast majority of people I’ve met.…

In particular industry leaders.…

Are men.

That’s something we must change….

And slowly, we are changing.

I’m delighted that more than 60 companies have signed the Women in Maritime pledge…

from small marine engineering companies to large shipping companies…

Including our hosts today ABP…

organisations committed to building an employment culture that supports and encourages gender diversity.

So much hard work has gone into developing the Charter by Maritime UK’s Women in Maritime Taskforce.

I would particularly like to thank Julie Lithgow as Chair of the Charter sub-group for her drive and enthusiasm.

The creation of the Charter means organisations can move forward from a show of intent…

To taking practical steps to achieve a better gender balance.

It will help support and encourage those who are committed to embracing gender diversity…

And also provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate success and achievement.

It is my greatest wish to hold up the maritime industry as a shining beacon of progress on gender diversity.

Today, we moved a step closer to that vision.

Now, we look forward to seeing the industry move beyond intent and into action.

The framework is in place…

The opportunity is here…

So let’s make it happen.

Thank you.

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