Reliant Logistics Institute


Women in logistics


Gender inequality is commonly seen in different areas of education. Though gender inequality affects girls and boys, women and men alike, girls and women are still more often disadvantaged. The same has been seen in maritime and logistics education. Some time back the maritime and logistics industry particularly the shipping sector in Sri Lanka were perceived as industries that generate employments for males rather than females. Of course one cannot deny the fact that certain social and cultural factors in the country do not act in favour of women engaging in operational activities related to various transport and logistics industry. Factors affecting female participation in education are geographical, socio-cultural, health, economic, religious, legal, political/administrative, and educational and initiatives. However, this phobia has gradually eased with shipping and logistics jobs proved to be more academic or professional centric than the skilled or technical centre in the past. Technology plays a major role in this evolution and globalization helps us to see through what is happening in the transport and logistics industry overseas. The awareness of many opportunities available for women and the fact that many females have developed successful carriers in the transport and Logistics industry created confidence among women. On the other hand, most of the staff in the maritime education and training institutes are recruited because of their maritime experience and qualifications. It need not be a permanent work in the offshore. The discrimination based on gender is an example of social exclusion that has a considerable negative impact on the competitiveness of a nation. As such the international community has made significant progress in defining inclusive growth. However, following a comprehensive and more actionable framework remains an ongoing challenge. Making a country naval, aviation and commercial hubs are relevant to the cross-border movement of goods, services and people. In this scenario, equal gender participation makes sense. According to World Economic Forum, promoting gender parity is one of the key areas of this initial framework which will be used as a point of departure for a series of policy dialogues among policymakers, business leaders, and other opinion shapers. As such it is noted that gender parity is equally fundamental to whether and how societies thrive. The maritime sector is not popular in tertiary education in many countries like management, computing, marketing, banking, accounting and engineering subject.


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