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Our Women Welcome World Day Theme

The recent announcement by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on this year’s World Maritime Day theme has been welcomed by the Fiji Women in Maritime Association. The theme for this
16 Jan 2019 10:00
Our Women Welcome World Day Theme
Fiji WIMA President Jane Koi (sitting second from left) with executive members.

The recent announcement by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on this year’s World Maritime Day theme has been welcomed by the Fiji Women in Maritime Association.

The theme for this year’s World Maritime Day Celebration is ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’.

Fiji Women in Maritime Association (FJ WIMA) President Jane Koi said the association was happy with the announcement.

“Women in Maritime (Fiji) is very pleased and welcome the recognition this years’ WMD theme is focused on,” Ms Koi said.

“It is indeed a deserving and timely acknowledgement of women in maritime, ensuring a renewed focus for all state women in sector (locally, regionally and internationally),” she said.

“It certainly provides an added platform for awareness to our young women and girls for a career in maritime.”

Ms Koi said with the theme focusing on women empowerment in the maritime industry, Fiji WIMA will provide the platform to continue their drive in promoting women involvement in the male dominated industry.

“Fiji WIMA, as an affiliation to the Pacific Women in Maritime Association (Pac WIMA), and with the support of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), encourages and supports conversations within the general membership and among relevant stakeholders and uses media platforms to inspire and share stories of our women maritime professionals in Fiji,”

“Particularly within the general membership, we listen to the challenges faced in the workplace.

“We also provide referral or advice to see that our members resolve to these challenges, seek educational opportunities and establish achievable end-goals that would benefit the individuals for progressive growth and development.

“We have a great network of women and an equally great network of male champions in the maritime industry who support the development of women in Fiji’s maritime sector.”

“The association believes that this year’s celebration focus will help in the continuation of bridging the gender gap that has existed in the maritime industry for too long.”

“Gradually over the years, we’ve seen a positive shift in focus of women working in our local maritime sector promoted to senior positions – be it a seafarer or shored based personnel.

“Gender parity is being recognized and a good example of this is the first group of female graduates from the Royal Fiji Navy in 2018.”

She added that they have begun preparations for the celebrations that is scheduled for September this year.

“We’ve commenced with the media publications of women in the maritime sector.

“We will continue to support and promote that throughout the year leading up to the celebrations.

“We have also planned some specific activities which will be publicised in due course as this will be on the agenda for discussion and necessary preparation in consultation with our governing authority, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF).”

 

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