Women Empowerment

Association of Marine Electro Technical Officers

The position of an Electro Technical officer is most vital in the technical hierarchy of today's advanced ships with automated and conventional electrical systems.

Delivering multiple roles effortlessly every single day, women are undoubtedly the backbone of any society. Doting daughters, caring mothers, competent colleagues and a wide range of many other roles are played by women around us flawlessly and with grace. To restore their rightful and dignified status, AMETO always support women empowerment programs that provide a solid foundation to nurture the inner strength, skills and self-esteem of women in merchant navy ETO sector. With this base well established, women will be able to go out into the world, prepared to handle any challenge with skills, confidence and grace. Therefore, women should come to the forefront, where they become agents of peace and positive social change for themselves, their families, other women and their society.

Women empowerment

Women empowerment is empowering the women to take their own decisions for their personal dependent. Empowering women is to make them independent in all aspects from mind, thought, rights, decisions, etc by leaving all the social and family limitations. It is to bring equality in the society for both male and female in all areas. Women empowerment is very necessary to make the bright future of the family, society and country. Women need fresh and more capable environment so that they can take their own right decisions in every area whether for themselves, family, society or country. In order to make the country fully developed country, women empowerment is an essential tool to get the goal of development.

The need to advance women's role in maritime activities has become a subject of unprecedented awareness and interest and for good reason. The surveys estimates that only 2% of the world's maritime workforce is made up of women. It is time to change this statistic by enhancing opportunities for women to be educated and gain experience in maritime industry.Equally important is changing the culture in the maritime sector to reduce the prejudices women encounter on a daily basis. Fortunately, there is evidence that efforts to do so are yielding results.

The main objectives of women empowerment are as follows:-

1. To integrate women into  merchant navy ETO activities.

2. To improve women’s access to maritime ETO training and technology.

3. To increase the percentage of women at the maritime ETO sector.

4. To promote women’s economic self-reliance, including access to employment.

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Amreen BanoFirst Indian lady ETO

Amreen Bano is the 1st Indian woman Electro Technical Officer who is currently sailing in SCI Oil tankers .

She was born in Uttar Pradesh, India in 1992. She completed her graduation in the field of Electrical and Electronics engineering from A.M.E.T. University, Chennai, in 2013, and remained in A.M.E.T. University to complete her Electro technical officer course which would bring her closer to the dream of sailing the oceans. 

After receiving her education, Amreen Bano started sailing on Oil tankers in 2015. Following her successful completion of training period onboard merchant ship, in the year of 2016, she appeared for the examination held by Indian government to obtain her Certificate of competency in the rank of Electro Technical Officer. And as anticipated, with her strong determination and positive attitude she became the First woman electrical officer from India to hold C.O.C. (Certificate of Competency) for Electro technical officer. 

The members of AMETO union honoured their 1st sister by electing her into the Executive Committee and promoted her as the Vice President of the union. She is endeavouring this new position with her excellent organising skills.

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Cap.Radhika MenonAn example for bravery at sea

Captain Radhika Menon, first woman captain of the Indian Merchant Navy received IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea.

Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, received the 2016 International Maritime Organisation Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for her role in the dramatic rescue of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in tumultuous seas in the Bay of Bengal in June last year.

Captain Menon was nominated by the Government of India, for the rescue of all seven fishermen from the fishing boat Durgamma, which was adrift following engine failure and loss of anchor in severe weather.

Food and water had been washed away and they were surviving on ice from the cold storage.Through wave heights of more than 25 feet, winds of more than 60 knots and heavy rain, on 22 June, the second officer on the Sampurna Swarajya spotted the boat 2.5 kilometres away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Odisha. Captain Menon immediately ordered a rescue operation, utilising the pilot ladder and with life jackets and buoys on standby. It took three arduous attempts in the lashing wind and rain and heavy swells before all seven weak and starving fishermen, aged from 15 to 50 years old, were brought to safety on board the ship.

The IMO Council, meeting for its 116th session in London, endorsed the decision of a panel of Judges that Captain Menon displayed great determination and courage in leading the difficult rescue operation.

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