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`T Shirts’ Printed For Maritime Day

Fiji will be celebrating Maritime Day this Friday and the newly formed Women in Maritime Association (Fiji) (WIMA) will be part of it. WIMA (Fiji) president Patricia Ho had confirmed
19 Oct 2016 11:00
`T Shirts’ Printed For Maritime Day
Members of Women in Maritime Association (Fiji)(WIMA) during the launch last month. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala.

Fiji will be celebrating Maritime Day this Friday and the newly formed Women in Maritime Association (Fiji) (WIMA) will be part of it.

WIMA (Fiji) president Patricia Ho had confirmed to the Fiji Sun that they would be part of this celebration.

She told the Fiji Sun  yesterday that `t shirts’ for the march had been printed and she had urged all women in maritime to contact her for their t shirts.

“The t-shirts will show our unity and strength,” she said.

According to Ms Ho Fiji WIMA will also have a booth set up on this day to showcase women in maritime and to also welcome membership.

The main objective for WIMA (Fiji) she said would be its membership drive on the day.

“Memberships are $5 for students, $10 for women already working in the maritime industry and $100 for Associate members.”

She said WIMA (Fiji) would like to encourage women who were interested in or who were already working in the maritime industry eg; mariners, port authority, stevedores, ship building or repairs, maritime safety authority of Fiji (MSAF), Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA), Ministry of Transport, government shipping services, fishing companies, cruise vessel, pleasure crafts, maritime tourism sector, marine science, maritime law, boat pilots, tug and barge operators, shipping agents , freight forwarders and even women in the rural areas who operate their little fibre glass boats to go fishing or drop and pick their children from school to become members.

The president said they would like to hear about their challenges, achievements, success stories and milestones.

Fiji WIMA is an association or a forum that welcomes voices from all areas of maritime to share your knowledge, interest, concerns, ideas, suggestions that you feel will raise the profile of our maritime industry in general.  Fiji WIMA would like to establish a broad network so that information sharing amongst us women in the maritime industry is open for all to be heard, it is a forum to motivate and encourage each other to achieve greater goals.

She said the Maritime Day celebration would be a good time for them to share experiences of what they were going through in the industry.

Ms Ho said after the celebration she had set up meetings with stakeholders about the association.

Fiji WIMA she said had been very fortunate to be hosted by Fiji Port Corporation Limited (FPCL) who had been very supportive, providing them with their conference/meeting room to hold all their meetings.

 

For Fiji women in the maritime industry outside Suva she said Fiji WIMA can be contacted on gmail – fjwima@gmail.com.



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