GBV epidemic | Women bullied and abused at sea

Women make up just over 1 percent of those at sea who are currently sailing. And while young women are encouraged to take up maritime studies and enter the male-dominated industry, those who have say it's rough on the seas. eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports. #dstv403

CAPE TOWN - Gender-based violence- a scourge that knows no boundaries.

It affects all kinds of women.

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Those in the maritime industry say they are sick and tired of suffering in silence.

At a two-day GBV seminar in the Mother City, seafarers told their stories of abuse, harassment and bullying.

Other women have detailed their problems aboard mainly international vessels.

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The seminar -- organised by the Transport Department and the South African Maritime Safety Authority -- was attended by business people and government officials.

They promised to address the abuse and harassment experienced by women at sea.

* eNCA's Ayesha Ismail reports.


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