Equality and diversity

08 March 2021 10.30 - 12.00

Equality and Diversity Forum

Venue: Online via Microsoft teams. Register now to book a place.

The next Equality and Diversity Forum meeting will take place on Monday, 08 March from 10:30 until 12:00 hrs. It will take place online using Microsoft Teams which can be downloaded for free.

Monday, 08 March is International Women’s Day and this year's theme is women in leadership. Our guest speaker will be Gemma Griffin, the vice president HR and Crewing at DFDS. Afterwards there will be a discussion on supporting women in maritime through the ranks.

We will also be holding network meetings for young members, female members, LGBT+ members and members from BAME backgrounds where there is the opportunity to discuss issues relating to specific areas of diversity in a confidential and secure environment. Please encourage any interested colleagues to come along.

  • Register now for the meeting.

  • Any members who have attended a previous EDF meeting will be sent a meeting link directly and do not need to pre-register, just accept or decline the meeting invitation.

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

Members who have Facebook accounts can however keep in touch online via our social media accounts on Facebook, and LinkedIn. Female members can 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 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

There is also a dedicated young members' organiser available who can deal with any workplace issues or provide advice to members who wish to speak to a younger union representative. Please contact Martyn Gray on or you can still use the email address

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