Women in maritime set up info network

THE Fiji Women in Maritime Association hopes to establish an information sharing network and provide a platform to address issues affecting women in the industry.

Fiji WIMA president Patricia Ho said the group, which was established last month, was undertaking a membership drive to encourage more women seafarers and shore-based staff to join.

“This is for women interested in or who are already working in the maritime industry, such as mariners, stevedores, ship building or repairs and those working at Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA), Ministry of Transport and Government Shipping Services Department,” Ms Ho said.

“We include women in fishing companies, cruise vessels, pleasure crafts, maritime tourism sector, marine science, maritime law, boat pilots, tug and barge operators, shipping agents, freight forwarders and even women in rural areas who operate fibreglass boats to go fishing or drop and pick their children from school. Fiji WIMA would like to hear about your challenges, achievements, success stories and milestones.”

Ms Ho said the association encouraged women to voice their concerns, recommendations and issues on how to improve the maritime industry.

She added the group would be part of World Maritime Day celebrations scheduled for this Friday in Suva.

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