Women In Maritime

Women in Maritime

Release Date: May 1, 2018
Laura Burroughs, Sasha Egorova, Emina Šadić, Kelsey Soeth
Publication Type: Discussion Paper


This brief explores the often under-examined, yet vital roles of women in the Sub-Saharan African maritime space, as well as the numerous challenges they face in entering those roles.

Key Findings

  • Women remain underrepresented in many maritime roles, ranging from participation in navies and coast guards, to fisheries management.
  • Fewer than one-third of countries included in the Stable Seas Maritime Security Index currently have laws against gender discrimination in hiring or mandate equal compensation.
  • Despite this, women have carved out positions in fisheries supply chains, building boats and mending fishing nets, and creating and marketing goods across coastal communities in Africa.
  • Furthermore, the influence women in coastal communities have on their families has been known to prevent participation in illicit activities such as piracy.