Jamaica is to host the Caribbean’s first ever Women in Maritime Association Conference as a first step towards establishing an International Maritime Organization (IMO) Women in Maritime Association (WiMA) for the region.
The conference aims to support regional efforts to deepen the integration of women in the maritime sector through the establishment of a WiMA for the Caribbean.
WiMA is the IMO’s gender programme which now marks its 27th year. One of the drivers of the programme has been the establishment of formal regional linkages between women managers in the maritime and port sectors, to provide a permanent channel for the exchange of information.
Claudia Grant, Deputy Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), said: “Women play an increasingly important role within the maritime sector, which is a significant economic driver for our region. We believe it is important to do everything we can to enable women to survive and thrive in the maritime industry and by working together in this way the whole Caribbean region is demonstrating the importance it places on women’s roles in this important and specialised sector.”
Following the conference and a subsequent approach from the MAJ to the IMO Secretary General, the IMO has committed its support to the Caribbean to enable the establishment of a regional association for female maritime professionals and this week’s Conference is the first step towards this goal.