Andrew J. Tate - Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
The International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) is an NGO that brings together the world’s maritime search and rescue organisations to improve global maritime search and rescue capability. The IMRF #WomenInSAR initiative was launched at the World Maritime Rescue Congress (WMRC) in June 2019. This project aims to increase the representation of women in the maritime sector generally and to provide support for, and raise the profile of, women in the maritime SAR sector specifically. This IMRF initiative supports the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Empowering Women in Maritime initiative. The current huge gender gap in the maritime sector is well-documented, as “women represent only two percent of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers” (source: IMO). Caroline Jupe will be providing an overview of the IMRF #WomenInSAR initiative including key achievements to date.
For the past six years, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has run an initiative focused on increasing the participation of young girls in maritime SAR called WinE Day. The day focuses on inviting 50 female students from eight schools who are in years 7 and 8 (11-13 years old) for a series of motivational and fun innovation challenges based around science, technology, engineering and math-related (STEM) activities and demonstrations. The activities range from hands-on demonstration of impact testing on lifeboat materials, to learning about 3D printing, and building a bridge using a combination of lollipop sticks and clothes pegs. The students also have a chance to meet RNLI people who work in engineering. Andrew Tate will be providing an overview of the RNLI’s WinE Day and the impact it has had.