International Women’s Day (March 8th) – Interview with Davinia

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Name: Davinia Molina Rodríguez – Age: 27 years – Job Training: Master in Supervision and Management of ship machines and installations; office certificates, electronics for MTU engines, equipment ” VISATRON ” ; industrial cooling systems, fire fighting systems , rescue and health , prevention of occupational hazards; others. – Years in Zamakona: 7 years.


¿What is the International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (March 8th) is celebrated each year in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.


In 1975, during International Women’s Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting its resolution, the General Assembly recognized the role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and an increase of support for women’s full and equal participation.


International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.



Interview with Davinia


What interested you regarding Naval Mechanics?. What got me into this work was that since childhood I liked mechanics, and I also grew up in a small town where all the offices were sea related. Lacing one thing to another I threw myself into the adventure.


Did you always want to become a Naval Mechanic?. Since childhood I had this job in mind without really knowing what I was facing.


Why do you think women are good engineers? What do they add?. Women can do the same work as men, although it should be noted that in this type of job physical force, intelligence and mischief is important. Having said this, I find myself and my female colleagues contributing as much or more than any man.


What current position at Zamakona Yards?. I’m currently a mechanical officer and entering into the electronics field of the engines.


What specific tasks and responsibilities does your job require? What things do you like most about your job?. My work is based on naval and industrial mechanical repairs, locating and repairing both mechanical and electric faults in engines and pumps. My responsibility is to guarantee the finished works. What attracts me the most in my job is to every day demonstrating my ability to do my job and enjoying doing what excites me as a mechanic.


What risks do you deal with every day?. Treating the risks we live every day, I could name thousands, as falls, blows, trapping, projections, noxious gases, etc… Therefore, it should be highlighted that in this job, every day, we need to use more than the 5 senses we have to try to prevent accidents.


Are there equal opportunities for women? Is your job common among women?. The truth is that Zamakona opened their doors for me to do my job and to demonstrate the equality between men and women. It has not been easy, both physically and mentally, until finally getting there, after struggling and letting the people know you. This is not a common profession among women, since up till today, I have not met any female marine mechanics.


What is the client´s reaction when he/she sees a women as a Naval Mechanic?. Meeting new clients, they are often left puzzled by the fact a female mechanic has arrived. Initially, they put little confidence in my work until they see me working and end up appreciating my services.


What advice would you give to young women considering naval mechanic studies?. The advice I give to all women is to enter this sector, still mostly managed by men, and that we can and should demonstrate our equality and enjoy mechanics if that is what really passionates you.


Thanks Davinia and congratulations.


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