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Fiji WIMA Develops Work Plan

  The Fiji Women In Maritime Association (WIMA) have developed their work plan to also include activities that can address issues a create awareness. “With these activities including upcoming events,
02 Nov 2016 11:00
Fiji WIMA Develops Work Plan
Members of Women In Maritime (WIMA) during the world maritime day celebration and maritime careers exposition at Laucala. Photo: WIMA

 

The Fiji Women In Maritime Association (WIMA) have developed their work plan to also include activities that can address issues a create awareness.

“With these activities including upcoming events, we need to work towards a budget to support our activities and lobby for funds to support our work plan.” WIMA president Patricia Ho said.

According to Ms Ho the priority now is that they would like to hear challenges and issues their members face.

Commenting on the membership drive during the International Maritime Day Celebrations and Maritime Careers Exposition 2016 at the Fiji Maritime Academy she said it was very good. “We managed to receive a good number of registration however lots more seafarers are looking forward to join and are planning to do so as soon as they get back from sailing.”

Fiji WIMA was officially launched by the Minister for Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa on the 28th September 2016.

The vision of Fiji WIMA is to be the leading network for women empowerment and advancement in Fiji’s maritime sector, including being the primary focal point for engagement at the national level in matters relating to women in maritime affairs.

Fiji WIMA also promises to promote education, training, and career opportunities for women.  It is pleasing to note that the Maritime Administration – the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji, is supportive of the objectives of Fiji WIMA and has advised that it is amenable to receiving proposals from Fiji WIMA on appropriately qualified female candidates from Fiji WIMA, as applicants to World Maritime University and the International Maritime Organization – International Maritime Law Institute, in circumstances there is no nomination within the Administration and also including women from the maritime sector for any national trainings to empower and integrate women in maritime.

 

The launch of Fiji WIMA according to Ms Vuniwaqa is indeed a historic occasion in:

 

  1. Creating a national network for women to discuss realistic, constructive issues with resolutions to benefit all.
  2. Improving the level of competency by focusing on education.

iii. Being recognized by the Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA) with a view of creating mutual support.

  1. Establishing partnership nationally and with international and regional organizations.


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