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ISWAN has been concerned with the particular challenges that women working at sea face for a number of years, particularly because they make up such a small percentage of the world's seafarers and can be overlooked and at risk of discrimination. Through previous research into the health and welfare of women seafarers and the cases we handle on our helpline, we feel that a more equal balance of women and men working in both junior and senior positions at sea will contribute to a more positive working environment for everyone.

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Who are they?

ISWAN is an international NGO which promotes the welfare and wellbeing of seafarers around the world. We run the 24 hour helpline SeafarerHelp and will soon launch Yacht Crew Help specifically for professional yacht crew. We run projects, programmes and research to effect long term improvements to seafarers' welfare working in partnership with shipping companies, unions, governments, P&I clubs and other welfare organisations.

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caitlin vaughan
Project Manager
Assigned Senior Sponsor

Caitlin joined ISWAN as Project Manager in 2014 and is responsible for running a variety of projects and events which aim to make a positive impact on the lives of seafarers. This has included the development of ISWAN’s health resources for seafarers and organising events to explore solutions to prominent issues affecting seafarers. Caitlin has previously worked in Project Management in the not-for-profit sector and holds an MA in International Relations.


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