Breakbulk Middle East bridges gender gap to promote equality

DUBAI, 6th February, 2019 (WAM) — Breakbulk Middle East, the GCC’s leading breakbulk and project cargo event, will feature a variety of industry women in leadership roles.

The exhibition, which will take place on 11th – 12th February at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will move the sector one step closer towards gender equality within the industry.

This year’s two-day conference will be held under the patronage of Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development and the Chairman of Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime, and will feature a variety of industry women in leadership roles.

Speaking on this year’s decision to increase female inclusion, Leslie Meredith, Marketing Director, Breakbulk Events and Media, said, “Like any session, at every other event from the Breakbulk global portfolio, we are always keen on addressing what is topical; what challenges are facing the industry and a variety of other stimulating discussion points. Due to the complexities of shipping, many issues are topical and gender equality is one of them.

“Reducing the discrepancy between male and female employees, as it pertains to international maritime, is essential for the development of the sector as the experience and expertise that women can provide, whether it be legal, technical, operational or otherwise, will only help in enhancing the industry as a whole,” she added.

Voicing a similar tone, Hessa Al Malek, Executive Director, Maritime Sector, Federal Transport Authority for Land and Maritime, clarified, “By incorporating a strong presence of maritime women with leadership roles in this year’s event, Breakbulk Middle East is demonstrating great advocacy for the concept of gender equality within the industry. Through this inclusion, they are not only empowering the current generation to continue striving for greatness, but they are also inspiring our future leaders.”

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