The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University is proud of the contributions made by its female students working across a wide range of academic disciplines. At the JBFMU, the faculty and students are deeply committed to scholarship that greatly impacts various Filipina communities in the fields ranging from information technology, tourism, management, business and many others. The JBLFMU is committed to promoting professional success among female seafarers and students through quality education, community involvement and other support initiatives.
Maternity rights for women seafarers can differ widely. Here is a brief guide:
On national flag vessels - When sailing under the flag of your own country, you will be covered by your own country's legislation, and by the rights guaranteed under your union's collective bargaining agreements. In some cases, there may be differences between the conditions and the rights guaranteed by maritime law and those laid down for other workers. In other cases, seafarers are treated in the same way as other workers in terms of maternity pay and leave.
On Flag of convenience (FOC) vessels, maternity rights are governed by the legislation of the flag state which may not give any rights at all.
Bullying and harassment
Bullying and harassment affect both men and women. They are serious issues that can gravely affect workers' health and can undermine their ability to do their jobs.
Gender discrimination comes in many forms. It includes denial of work or job opportunities on the ground of gender, unequal pay for work of equal value, lack of provision with adequate facilities and necessary equipment.
If you are bothered by any pregnancy-related issues or you feel you are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against, you can contact SeafarerHelp. This is a confidential helpline service operated by the International Seafarers Assistance Network (ISAN) for all seafarers and their families. Women seafarers who prefer to speak to a woman officer may request a return call from a female Seafarerhelp Services officer if one is not immediately available. The service is absolutely free of charge at SEAFARER free on: +800 73232737. Also, SEASFARER PHILIPPINES: 00 800 7372 8300
Women’s Rights can be defined as; the rights, claimed by and for women, of equal privileges and opportunities with men.
Women's Crisis Center
Women and Children Crisis Care & Protection Unit – East Avenue Medical Center (
Tel. Nos.: (02) 926-7744; 922-5235
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
NCR Ugnayang Pag-asa
Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU)
Tel. Nos.: (02) 734-8617 to 18
Public Attorney's Office, DOJ
Tel. Nos.: (02) 929-9010; 929-9436 to 37
Philippine General Hospital (PGH)
Tel. Nos.: (02) 524-2990; 521-8450 loc. 3816
International and national scholarships and awards for Filipino Students:
http://thebrierfoundation.org (NOTE: this scholarship is open to women only)
ONLINE INFORMATION TOOLS FOR WOMEN
“Women are increasingly manning the world's ships, yet they continue to face discrimination. According to a new study published by the International Labor Office, women currently represent between 1 and 2 percent of the world's 1.25 million seafarers, serving on some 87,000 ships…”
“The Centre for Women’s Resources is a non-profit, non-governmental service institution that provides research, education and training, advocacy and publication, library and data banking services for and about women…”
“Labor migration policy and management…”
“The National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women reviews, evaluates, and recommends measures, including priorities to ensure the full integration of women for economic, social and cultural development at national, regional and international levels, and to ensure further equality between women and men…"