objective of WIMOWCA is to harness the potential and contribution of women in
West and Central Africa to ensure the sustainable development of the maritime
industry in Africa," said WIMOWCA Interim President, Sylvia Asana Dauda
Sustainable maritime development would
require inclusive participation of all, men and women
as you are all aware, form over 51% of the world population and the same is
true for Africa, as such they cannot be left out in any global effort to
confront the challenges we face today in the global maritime industry.
Sustainable maritime development would require inclusive participation of all,
men and women, if we are to succeed in our endeavor in that regard," she
hybrid event was held (23 July) at MT Addico Conference Hall in Accra, Ghana
and livestreamed to a global audience.
WIMOWCA is a welcome addition to the
global network of WIMAs: IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim
sustainability and success in the modern world, shipping needs diversity in the
workforce and we need women to drive the decision-making processes," IMO
Secretary-General Kitack Lim said in his keynote speech. "We are on the
right path and progress has been made. However much still needs to be done to
help the maritime industry progress toward gender equality. WIMOWCA is a
welcome addition to the global network of WIMAs. This special event provides a
unique opportunity to discuss and celebrate two topics: women in the maritime
community, and Africa as a maritime continent."
other WIMAs have already been established across Africa, Arab States, Asia, the
Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, supported by IMO's long-running Women
in Maritime gender programme. Between them, the WIMAs count more than 700
participants from across 152 countries
Women must be at the heart of this
agenda said Ghana's Minister of Transport, the Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah
Minister of Transport, the Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, emphasized in his speech
the role that women would play in the "African perspective of the Blue
Economy". "The blue economy
has quite rightly been described as the 'New Frontier of the African
Renaissance'…Inclusive development is one of the surest ways and sustainable
means to harness the full potential of Africa's blue economy. Women must be at
the heart of this agenda," he said.
inaugural WOMOWCA event also featured a panel discussion on "The impact of
maritime insecurity on shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, challenges and the way
forward", which provided a regional perspective on the situation.
presentations from development partners touched upon the work of the U S Naval
Forces Europe and Africa Women's, Peace, and Security Working Group in West and
Central Africa, the IMOGEN IMO Member States delegates' gender initiative and
the importance of galvanizing women in the maritime industry.