RSIPF Maritime supports women advancement

L-R Constable Fatima Aoraunisaka of RSIPF, Rachel Bare-Anita and Cathy Talua of SIWIMA. Picture: SUPPLIED/RSIPF

THE Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) Maritime supports the advancement of women in the maritime industry of the Solomon Islands, and it recognises the promotion of initiatives to increase their involvement in this sector.
RSIPF Maritime Division director Chief Superintendent Charles Fox Sau made this comment following the achievement by a female officer who obtained a Class 6 Master/Engineer Certificate of Competency (COC).
Constable Fatima Aoraunisaka is said to be the first woman to obtain this qualification.
Mr Sau said this was a perfect example of promoting women in educational advancement and career opportunities.
He said the Police maritime division had recognised the Solomon Islands Women in Maritime Association (SIWIMA) as the body to promote women’s increased involvement.
“The RSIPF strive to promote gender equality; education advancement training and career opportunities for women; recognise the social responsibilities relating to women; and promote cooperation, friendship and understanding through the exchange of knowledge and the dissemination of information with other agencies like the Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration (SIMSA), Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), shipping companies and non-government organisations (NGOs),” Mr Sau said.
SIWIMA representative Rachel Bare-Anita said the vision of SIWIMA was to be the leading network aimed at empowering and advancing women in the Solomon Islands maritime sector, and advocating for laws and policies that advance gender equality.
“Our objectives are to promote sea safety, conducting swimming lessons for children and encouraging females to work in the maritime industry,” Ms Bare-Anita said.
“We are the sixth such association in the Pacific region with Tonga, Vanuatu, PNG, Cook Islands and Fiji also having established similar associations. Collectively, we are all part of the Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA) with international links to other women’s maritime sector groups in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.”