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Family Support Crucial For Women Pursuing Career In Male Dominated Fields

“Marrying a sailor has given me the opportunity to sail around with him, we had many journeys and one in particular was sailing from San Diego in the US (United States) all the way to Fiji.”
18 May 2022 13:20
Family Support Crucial For Women Pursuing Career In Male Dominated Fields
Fifty-one-year-old Suzie Hill believes family’s support is important to encourage women to pursue their careers in a male dominated fields.

Suzie Hill, 51, believes that family support is important to encourage women pursue their careers in a male dominated field.

The mother of four children was part of the two weeks boat master training at the Institute of Maritime Officers Guild in Walu Bay, Suva.

She was one of the five women among the 145 male participants.

Her message on the International Day for Women in Maritime was to encourage women to follow their passion.

“In my case, I have the support of my family and my two sons are also part of the training, I am grateful for that,” Ms Hill said.

“Other women would make good seafarers if they have the support of their family.

“It’s important because being out at sea is lonely and to know that your family supports you is a positive way for you to deal with issues.

“If you have the passion and love for the ocean then go for it, you would not know you are good at it unless you do it.”

Ms Hill said she always wanted to travel the world but gave up her dream because she had to prioritise her siblings’ upbringing being the eldest in the family.

“I had to help my dad in bringing up my other five siblings, I had to find work earlier to help my family but nothing to do with maritime, and it was far from it,” she said.

“I wanted to travel the world, although I did not get it earlier in life, I got it later.

“Marrying a sailor has given me the opportunity to sail around with him, we had many journeys and one in particular was sailing from San Diego in the US (United States) all the way to Fiji.”

Her purpose to participate in the training was to get a boat licence and contribute towards her family business.

“My husband owns a boat and I need a licence to operate the boat,” she said.

“It’s a small boat for diving, my husband owns a scuba diving business and also deals with an underwater survey business.

“There are very few women who take up the position of engineers or captains here in Fiji and I believe worldwide but women contribute positively to it.

“I believe encouragement should come now for the younger people so they can go to school and know that they have the support because going out at sea can take months or years for some people.”

sheenal.charan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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