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Momoko Kitada

Abstract

The chapter discusses how international laws and policies can be translated into ‘good practices’ at a national level for the successful integration of women in the maritime sector. So-called ‘good practices’ are exercised for the implementation of laws and practices and considered as ‘good’ and ‘effective’ in a given situation. Although general concerns, including equal opportunities and equal pay, are shared worldwide, the notion of ‘good practices’ vary by country. Similarly, the national priorities in achieving gender equality may not be the same from one country to another. The chapter first identifies where interventions are necessary to ensure that actions and policies are effective. In this respect, the use of Gender-Sensitive Indicators (GSI) and Gender-Based Analysis (GBA) is a good starting point to facilitate the process of implementing the international laws and policies at a national level. In addition, the chapter addresses the significance of cultural differences when designing maritime strategies addressing gender inequality. Finally, the chapter calls for greater international engagement with countries which have not ratified the key legal instruments.