President Faure meets with Seychelles’ only female first officer | 09 October 2019
President Danny Faure has met with Seychelles’ only female first officer Marie-Jeanne Pathon yesterday morning at State House.
Ms Pathon is the first Seychellois woman working as first officer with the Inter-Island Boats Ltd, the parent company of ‘Cat Cocos’, one of leading fast ferry operators in Seychelles.
President Faure congratulated her on the achievement and expressed his hope that she would inspire other young female Seychellois who wish to pursue a career in navigation. He encouraged her to continue to work hard to become the first female captain in this domain in Seychelles.
“I would like to congratulate you and express our sincere appreciation for your hard work and dedication. Your achievement today should be an example to our young women around the country who wish to pursue a career at sea. Your determination to become a captain cannot be left unnoticed and I assure you that you will always have my support. As a country, we are proud of what you have been able to achieve and we will continue to encourage you,” said President Faure.
Speaking to the press after her meeting with the president, Ms Pathon noted that they discussed various issues affecting women in the workplace including equality in the workplace.
“The president has noted that he has many plans that will benefit women in the workplace,” said Ms Pathon.
Ms Pathon, who has years of experience working on both small boats and large vessels both locally and internationally, added that she knew she wanted to work in the maritime industry since she was in secondary school.
She noted that her new role as first officer is very different than what she was doing before working in cargo, as there are challenges especially dealing with difficult passengers.
First officer Pathon has set her eyes on becoming a ship’s captain and said she is proud of her achievement and wants to see more women take up a career in navigation.
“One advice that I will give young women is that hard work and perseverance pay off in the end,” said Ms Pathon.