ISWAN, together with the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA), the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) and the Seafarers' Hospital Society (SHS) have been conducting some research over the past year to identify the health and welfare needs of women seafarers.
The project has been based around an online survey of women seafarers, supported by focus groups, and explores women seafarers' health and wellbeing (including issues of sexual harassment) at work and how they might be improved.
A report of the full survey results can be downloaded here.
The project grew out of a concern that medical handbooks and other literature aimed at seafarers are out-dated and fail to provide a gendered perspective to health, or to consider health and related issues that are specific to women.
Photos of the briefing meeting held in September 2015 can be found here.
ISWAN continues to work collaboratively to address the issues raised.