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Free knowledge sessions for Women in Shipping and Freight Industry

  • Lack of career opportunities and development opportunities are the top reason that midcareer women leave a supply chain organization or providerGartner
  • Women can face discrimination even getting into seafaring work. In some countries, for example, maritime education and training institutions are not allowed to recruit women to nautical coursesITF
  • Women account for only 15% of executive level roles in supply chain workforceGartner
  • Women represent only 1.2% percent of the global seafarer workforceIMO/BIMCO
  • It’s still rare to find women workers at sea but, largely thanks to trade unions, more women are confronting prejudice and becoming valuable members of ships’ crew.ITF

These are some of the narratives as far as the employment and development of women in the workplace goes.. We are in 2022 and this definitely needs to change and requires efforts and commitment from everyone..

A survey by Gartner and Awesome surveyed 223 supply chain organizations from February through March 2021 and found that although women comprise 41% of the supply chain workforce in 2021(up 6% from 2016), only 15% were at executive level roles (down from 17% in 2020)..

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54% of survey respondents said that retaining midcareer women is an increasing challenge. Lack of career opportunities is the top reason that midcareer women left a supply chain organization or provider. The second-most selected option was development opportunities,” added the report..

Supply chain leaders who are serious about their gender equality efforts must create tailored leadership development programs and explore flexible work policies that cater to the needs of midcareer women,” said Dana Stiffler, vice president analyst with the Gartner Supply Chain practice..

Shipping and Freight Resource supports and echoes what Ms.Stiffler has said and in this Women’s Month of August 2022 (in South Africa), I have decided to do what I can, to support the various initiatives surrounding Women’s Empowerment and Equality..

For the month of August 2022, Shipping and Freight Resource will be offering free informal knowledge sessions where I will be sharing my knowledge and experience on various topics relating to Shipping, Freight, Maritime, Logistics, Supply Chain and Trade..

As the industry is vast, I can’t list all the topics here.. Women in shipping and freight industry who are interested in learning more about the industry, feel free to drop me a mail with your questions to

Whether you are a beginner trying to #breakthebias in the workplace or a mid-career level employee trying to move yourself up the ladder by enhancing your knowledge, don’t be shy, there might be something you can learn..

This is open to ALL women globally, not just in South Africa.. These informal knowledge sessions could be virtual or physical (if you are in Johannesburg)..

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Hariesh Manaadiar
Hariesh Manaadiar
I am Hariesh Manaadiar, the Founder of Shipping and Freight Resource.. I have been in the dynamic shipping and freight industry for over three decades and have worked in several sectors.. I share my experiences and knowledge of the industry through this blog for those looking for help in the industry.. Stay subscribed for more free useful content about shipping, freight, maritime, logistics, supply chain and trade..


  1. Hello, My name is Aknur and I am writing to you from Turkmenistan. I have been working in logistics for a year now, but mostly I specialize in road transportation.
    Now I since I already know everything about the road transportation I decided that I want to learn also sea transportation.
    Could you please share a website or an article where I can ger step by step instruction about sea transportation.
    For example, If I have an enquiry FOB Qindao, China – Jebel Ali, UAE. from what should I start? documentation? what are the expenses at the POL and POD?

    I hope I was able to explain)))
    Thank you!

  2. Hello,
    I thank you very much about every thing is written. I read and I read and I read and I learn. Every thing is usefull.
    I’m a french people (and I’m sorry about my poor english). Happily, it’s easier to read than to writte english !
    I’ve got a question.
    Please, could you explain who decides what type of bill of lading… and why people chooses a type or an other type of bill of lading.
    Again, I thank you very much about every thing is written in this site.


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