As part of the International Maritime Organization's annual meetings, One Earth Future hosted a panel discussion along with the IMO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to discuss the role of women in the realm of maritime security. Women in Maritime Security will be the theme for 2019's World Maritime Day. The panel identified challenges and opportunities to women's full participation, highlighting strategies for inclusion from the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Opening and closing remarks were delivered by Chris Trelawny, special advisor to the secretary-general on maritime security and facilitation at the IMO. OEF researcher Maisie Pigeon and UNODC programme officer Siri Bjune provided additional remarks to help frame and focus the conversation.
The panel was moderated by Mary Harper, Africa editor at the BBC and author of Getting Somalia Wrong: Faith, War and Hope in a Shattered State. Panelists included
John Steed, UNODC Maritime Crime Programme
Larry Sampler, OEF
Azara Al-Hassan Prempeh, alternate permanent representative of Ghana to the IMO
Helen Buni, focal point for women in maritime, IMO
Sue Terpilowski, president, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)