Women of the seven seas
Women of the seven seas

Change is needed.

The patriarchal history of the seas is not a maritime adventure, it is a history of conquests, of war, of colonialism and postcolonialism, and of the exploitation and destruction of natural resources. Will the growing number of women working at sea and on questions of maritime life make a difference? Is there a feminism of the seas? Gender is fluid and we do not aim to essentialise the feminine. However, new actors have arrived on the maritime scene. They all have experienced maritime patriarchy on their personal journeys. Many have experienced hierarchy, competition and violence. They all bring new perspectives, and we believe that this is a chance: Can we build on the solidarity of women and non-binary people at sea to address maritime problems in a different way? To rebuild the relationship between civil societies and the sea, to reconceive the sea as what connects us beyond territorial powers on this blue planet? We would like to invite female and non-binary seafarers, researchers, artists and activists to work with us on these questions.  

First Meeting
Women of the Seven Seas - Online-Symposium
First Shefarers' Parade of Hamburg
Change is needed.
Activities of the Women of the Seven Seas
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Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

Women of the Seven Seas aim to connect women from all aspects of maritime life
Giuditta Vendrame

Giuditta Vendrame. Artist, Designer, Researcher.

What water does to our brains

The water, like any of the larger intangible un-holdable natural systems --like sky and weather, will teach you things that will take you forever to learn on land. 

Exterritory Project Cargo


Interview with FESAN, July 2021

Interview with FESAN

constance hockaday

constance hockaday

Giuditta Vendrame
1. My Ancestors Were Sailors/ Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut (By Ibu Sud)

a text by Nova Ruth 

2. Many years ago, composer Ibu Sud wrote Nenek Moyangku Seorang Pelaut as a cheery song for children.

a text by Nova Ruth 

water gives and takes life

a text by Kristin Samir Jaibi Loren du Pon

engine at sea

on board of the Sea-Watch by Kristin Feddersen 

Black Water
Country of the Sea


3. My grandmother, Soetinah, grew up on the coast of Pare-pare, South Sulawesi, ...

a text by Nova Ruth 

From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf


Nova Ruth
4. As kids, we were even told that when we went to the beach, we shouldn’t wear green,...

a text by Nova Ruth 

Kristin Feddersen

music by Nova Ruth 

Shaina Anand

Filmmaker and Artist, CAMP

Female Seafarers' Association of Nigeria


Exterritory Project
1. Hamburger Seefrauenparade / Shefarers' Parade Hamburg