"Women at sea is a big misunderstanding"

78 percent of the female officers in the Danish commercial fleet have at one time or another experienced unwanted sexual attention during the course of their time at sea, according to a report. The study's author points to a need for a change in culture.

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The number of women who have been subjected to offensive treatment due to their gender while serving on Danish-flagged ships far surpasses the on-land level and testifies to a male-dominated industry in which women have historically had to put up with a lot of things.

This is evident from a report in which associate professor Lisbeth Anna Skræ of Svendborg International Maritime Academy concludes that there is a need for a change in culture on board the vessels, so that women will not have to put up with offensive behavior due to their gender - sexual harassment, to use the common term - she explains in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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