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About Us

The International Women Seafarers Foundation is a Not-for_profit Trust registered under Mumbai Public Trust Act (1950). The organization was founded in 2017 by three pioneering women seafarers of India, Capt Radhika Menon, Ch. Engineer Suneeti Bala and Ms Sharvani Mishra. As the name suggests, IWSF works for the benefit of the women seafaring community around the world to bring about gender equality in maritime profession. We currently have over 300 women seafarer members from India, Bangladesh, Turkey, and Oman and are expanding with each passing day.

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To Welfare
of Women


Our Work

In its quest for promoting and supporting women seafarers, so far IWSF has achieved following milestones in its 3 years of existance:

  • Employed over 60 women seafarers and continuously seeks to improve employment of women seafarers, both on-board and ashore. We are a single point contact for ship managers and shipping companies seeking to create equal opportunity through hiring women seafarers/ shore personnel.
  • Have mentored, supported, guided and provided assistance in fighting against sexual harassment cases to over 25 women seafarers. We are committed to keeping the privacy of the companies and women seafarers in serious sexual harassment cases.
  • We have successfully conducted Maritime Awareness campaign (with particular attention to raising awareness about presence of women in merchant navy) in close to 30 schools / under-privileged institutions/ shelter homes/ orphanages with over 2000 students and have partnered with Face of Shipping for Adopt A Ship Program in India. The program was launched in 6 schools last year before COVID 19 put a break on its progress. At present, the program is being run in online mode with orphanages.


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Membership Plans

*Note: All plans are for women except corporate plans