About GECAMET

Suitability to a maritime career has more to do with the individual’s abilities rather than his or her gender or nationality. The GECAMET (Gender Equality and Cultural Awareness in Maritime Education and Training) Research Project has a vital role in advancing research in the domain of women seafarers’ motivation to join a maritime university and a sea career and on cultural awareness among mixed crews. GECAMET has been proposed to establish a foundation for an active long-term research cooperation among 11 IAMU member universities from 10 countries and four continents (North America, Europe, Asia and Africa). The aim of the project is to evaluate the complexity of the relationships established among human factors, shipping companies, ship management practices, and MET institutions on issues of gender equality and cultural awareness. As the shipping industry continues to grow, sustainability will be dependent on more women entering the maritime profession and on the unification of ideas for a shared vision amidst cultural diversity. The results of the studies under the GECAMET Project are deemed essential in creating positive change on these aspects and in fostering a better opinion and perception on the significant role of women and individual uniqueness in the shipping industry.