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Fiji WIMA Prepares Budget

The Women in Maritime Association (Fiji) (WIMA) is currently putting together its work plan and budget for 2017 – 2018 activities. WIMA Fiji president, Patricia Ho says they will be
09 Nov 2016 11:30
Fiji WIMA Prepares Budget

The Women in Maritime Association (Fiji) (WIMA) is currently

putting together its work plan and budget for 2017 – 2018 activities.

WIMA Fiji president, Patricia Ho says they will be scheduling a meeting with the members who are seafarers.

“A separate meeting with shore base staff to explain more about Fiji WIMA and to hear from our members anything they would like to share,” she said.

She said they would update members of these proposed meeting through email address received during their membership drive.

Last month she said the Fiji WIMA executive committee met Ms. Ore O. Toua, Maritime Training Advisor with the Pacific Community (SPC).

She shared the Papua New Guinea (PNG) WIMA experience since its formation in 2007.

The committee according to Ms Ho also had an observer Dr. Ju Young Yoo from Korea with a logistics background.

“This meeting was very successful as Fiji WIMA was made aware of challenges associations like Fiji WIMA may face how to plan ahead and how Fiji WIMA can organise activities to achieve its goals and make a difference in the maritime sector.”

Meanwhile according to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. However, through its global programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector, IMO is making a concerted effort to help the industry move on from that tradition and to help women achieve a representation within it that is more in keeping with twenty-first century expectations.

The maritime industry it adds needs more women, particularly in leadership roles. The World Maritime University (WMU) and IMO have published a book to highlight the achievements of women in the maritime sector.

The World Maritime University (WMU) book – Maritime Women: Global Leadership – is a compilation of scientific papers presented at the ‘Maritime Women: Global Leadership’ international conference hosted by WMU in 2014.

IMO’s programme on the Integration of Women in the Maritime Sector (IWMS) has a primary objective to encourage IMO Member States to open the doors of their maritime institutes to enable women to train alongside men and so acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands.

The IWMS programme includes but is not limited to, strengthening national and regional capacities through gender-specific fellowships; facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries; and facilitating the identification and selection of women by their respective authorities for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Regional harmonization has been a second key priority under this programme, resulting in the establishment, through IMO support, of seven regional associations for women in the maritime sector across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands.

Access to these regional networks has provided members with a platform to discuss gender issues; a golden thread of worldwide maritime communication and improved implementation of IMO instruments.

IMO continues to support the participation of women in both shore-based and sea-going posts, in line with the goals outlined under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, under the slogan: Training-Visibility-Recognition.

The testimony of the first 28 years of IMO’s gender and capacity-building programme is that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community.



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