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  • The Caribbean has joined six other regions across the world that boast a Women in Maritime Association (WiMA).
  • The Articles of Association, signaling the birth of the Women in Maritime Association, was signed on Friday, April 17.
  • The Caribbean now joins Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific Islands, Western and Central Africa, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa as regions where WiMA exists.

The Caribbean has joined six other regions across the world that boast a Women in Maritime Association (WiMA).

The Articles of Association, signaling the birth of the Women in Maritime Association, was signed on Friday, April 17, during the closing session of a week-long conference on the establishment of a Women in Maritime Association in the Caribbean, at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.

The Caribbean now joins Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific Islands, Western and Central Africa, Central Asia, and East and Southern Africa as regions where WiMA exists.

Giving her inaugural address in the capacity of President of WiMA, Jamaican Claudia Grant, said formation of the association will put more focus on the work of women in the maritime sector, where a lot of work remains to be done as the ladies seek to properly cement their place.

“It has been a wonderful week…one in which the Maritime Women of the Caribbean came, discussed and celebrated.  However, we noted that much remains to be done, particularly in increasing visibility, through highlighting our contributions to the sustainable development of the sector,” she said.

The President informed that the mentoring of future generations of female maritime professionals will be a major focus of WiMA, as the association takes on a greater role of strengthening the advocacy network among players in the sector, especially the women.

Mrs. Grant said women in the maritime sector can be justly proud of their achievements and as a group, members of WiMA are looking forward to the challenges of the future.

“The challenge is to maintain and build on the momentum, the enthusiasm, the hope, the commitment. This is not a job for the elected officials only, but WiMA’s entire membership. We need a game plan and it starts with us,” she argued.

Other members of WiMA are: Vice Presidents, Dwaynette Eversley, Karen Mullings and Vivette Grant; Treasurer, Tosca Pinas and Policy Officer, Deniece Aiken.

The conference was held under the theme: ‘Maritime Women of the Caribbean….Achieving Regionally…Advancing Globally’, and attended by representatives from 15 Caribbean states.