Equality and diversity

21 April 2020

Equality and Diversity Forum

Venue: London

Nautilus International's new Equality and Diversity forum will have its first meeting of the new decade on Tuesday 21st April 2020 in London.

The forum was launched at the Union's General Meeting in Rotterdam in October 2019, and will act as the overarching umbrella group for the original Women's Forum and Young Maritime Professionals Forum. It will meet twice a year.

The meeting will take place from 13:00 until 16:00 after which there will be up to two hours for female members to come together to discuss issues specially affecting female members in a safe space.

We will also be holding spaces for meetings of young members, LGBT+ members and members from BAME backgrounds. You may register for any of these meetings but unfortunately due to space and resources we are holding these events concurrently so you may only attend one.


Members who have Facebook accounts can now also join the new Nautilus Women's Group. This Facebook group is for female members of the Union only.  Members of the group will be invited to share stories on relevant issues, discuss the growing impetus to encourage more women into maritime industry, network and support each other. The new group is in addition to the Young Maritime Professionals Facebook group which is also for members only.

In the future, the Union may also set up women members' and young maritime professionals' WhatsApp groups. Members can express their interest in joining these chat groups by emailing Debbie Cavaldoro at

Nautilus also remains committed to having a dedicated female organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a female representative.  Please contact Rachel Lynch by emailing

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