Pete Buttigieg, U.S. secretary of transportation nominee for U.S. President Joe Biden, speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, DC, U.S., January 21, 2021. Stefani Reynolds/Pool via REUTERS

Buttigieg Pushes IMO To Address Sexual Assault At Sea

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December 11, 2021

Last Monday, December 6, the U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed the assembly of the International Maritime Organization, IMO, in London. He focused on three major points; climate change, supply chain disruption and sexual assault in the maritime industry. This marks the first time a major government figure has gone on record with the IMO to address sexual assault aboard ships.

“I want to emphasize one area where the need for action is particularly urgent, “said Buttigieg. “For too long, sexual assault and sexual harassment in maritime shipping has been an open secret, affecting the industry around the world.

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